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Old 11-09-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Helles Belles flavor question

I brewed BierMuchers Helles Belles to the letter, Its pretty tasty but I have a strange soapy taste up front where you would normally get that little bit of hop bite in a Helles. Could it be from the residual starsan left in the keg? I am hoping some age will make it go away, its still drinkable and pretty dang good.

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Old 11-09-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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How long ago did you brew this beer?

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Old 11-09-2011, 04:45 PM   #3
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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Wouldn't be from the Star San. Did you clean with PBW or OxiClean or with regular soap? I don't think you can easily make it go away other than perhaps with time.

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Also, quick note. Soapy flavors can come from the yeast:

From Yooper:

One of the things that can cause a soapy taste in beer (besides soap in cleaning the equipment!) is from the breakdown of yeast byproducts. There are fats/lipids in there, and if you remember your chemistry, saponification of lipids = soap.

In other words, if you got a bit warm during or after fermentation, the lipids could saponify, literally making soap. You could really be tasting soap from the breakdown of fatty acids.

Also check out: http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

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It may also be soap on the drinking glass.

Another thing I was wondering about is the age of the beer. If it's still green then the off-flavor may fade with time.

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Yeah the beer is still green. I dont think theres soap on the glass as it has been with every glass I have used and theres plenty of head retention. Maybe its because of what Yooper said.

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