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Old 10-25-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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I have a porter that has the 'band-aid' taste and plastic smell to it. Will the taste go away after time or should I dump it?

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Old 10-25-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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It does not go away, and in my experience, the beer does not become drinkable after time.

On the other hand if you have the space to store it for a few months, it may become more palatable. Or you can cook with it, or distill it.

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Old 10-25-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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my pallet is pretty sensitive to that bandaid phenol. It will fade over time but never really go completely away. I know you said it's a stout, but higher carb level and serving colder helps.

Let someone else taste it. See what they think.

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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how old is the beer, and have you determined why it tastes like a bandaid yet?

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:42 PM   #5
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how old is the beer, and have you determined why it tastes like a bandaid yet?
Usually from chlorine. It doesn't take much.
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Echoing the sentiments here. I have never found many off-flavor type phenols (band-aid, rubber, etc.) to go away. When I detect these, I generally dump it and try again.

It won't just come from chlorine, though. Yeast stress (underpitch, high temps, temp swings) may all contribute.

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or also high chloramine in your water i believe? i had the bandaid curse for a short time and blamed my use of bleach as a sanitizer. never again bleach, never again.

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Chlorine/chloramine is the most common cause, although it can also result from infection, spoilage, improper mash/sparge temps and pH, poor hot/cold break, some yeast varieties, and probably some other stuff I can't think of right now.

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:23 AM   #9
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I've dumped batches that weren't nearly as bad as bandaid flovored.

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