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Old 05-08-2014, 03:26 PM   #21
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It has got to be the water, because everything else is spot on.

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Old 05-08-2014, 03:42 PM   #22
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I think it is probably the water, but everyone has already told you that.
Based on the flavors getting worse the longer it bottle conditions, I could see it being some type of infection, maybe in the racking equipment (plastic parts). They are cheap enough to replace, so if RO water doesnt solve your problem, maybe try that.

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Old 05-08-2014, 03:53 PM   #23
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I think switching to star san is a good idea. It probably is your water but it looks like you where using a cleaner, not a sanitizer. I would try and get your fermentation temps down as well.

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Old 05-08-2014, 04:06 PM   #24
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Isn't that what Campden tablets are for? 1/4 tablet is supposed to neutralize the chloramines in 5 gallons of water, right?
yes. 1 tablet to 20 gallons. Will neutralize chlorine and/or chloramines
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:04 AM   #25
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So interestingly enough... I just racked my first all grain 5-gallon batch. I used the SAME water as before with the 1-gallon extract. The only main differences are
1) all-grain as apposed to extract
2) liquid smack pack yeast instead of dry
3) StarSan instead of other cleaner
4) All LHBS ingredients as apposed to shipped from Northern Brewer

As I racked, I took a gravity reading and sampled it. Tastes pretty decent! Also has no plastic smell or taste.

Now at the same time, I decided to open up the 1-gallon carboy with a batch that's been fermenting for 2 weeks that used all shipped northern brewer extract material (LME, dry yeast). The stuff smelled so plastic and again tastes disgusting. I chucked it.

Is it possible the ingredients I have been getting aren't fresh enough? Maybe the shipped dry yeast isn't working properly? Maybe it was the lack os StarSan? The LHBS 5-gallon all-grain batch is the best looking/best gravity/best tasting I have had yet at the 2 week marker.

Regardless, this makes me question whether or not the water is in fact the problem

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Old 05-09-2014, 05:01 AM   #26
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Same water, plus star san instead of using a cleaner and no sanitizer resulting in a good beer equals infection.

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