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Old 02-26-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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Need some help on this one guys...... Bottled up my first all grain brew this past weekend (Big Sky Brewary Moose Drool Clone) and it seemed to have an off flavor when I cracked one open yesterday to have a sample. I knew it wouldn't be fully carbonated since it only had been bottled for 3-4 days but I was just looking for enough to get an idea how it was coming along. I'm one who likes to taste my brews through all facits to taste through progression. The interesting thing is it didn't have this taste prior to bottling and was quite tasty. I'm pretty anal about sanitization and I've never had this issue in any of the other brews I have made but they have all be partial mash and this was my first all grain. From what I understand and read this may be a phenolic (plastic, band-aid, medicinal) type off flavor. I'm hoping it may be just from being too yound and will hinder in a few weeks with some age....any ideas???

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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brief recipe/process and a description of the off-flavor in question would be helpful.

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:36 PM   #3
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sure thing..... I did up a 5 gallon batch with the grain bill below and about 11lbs total. I came up a bit short on the OG of Big Sky's recomemdation of 1.052 and I hit about a 1.047 and with an FG of about 1.011...

Pale 87%
Crystal 80 10%
Chocolate 2.8%
Black Patent .2%

I mashed at about 151 - 152 for 60min with no mash out and did a 2 stage batch sparge per beersmith recommendations with sparge temp water at 170.

70 minute boil
20 IBU East Kent Goldings
Liberty and Willamette for flavor and aroma for total of 26 IBU

I fermented with WLP002 English Ale at about 70ish degrees in primary for 7 and secondary for 7 prior to bottling with about 5oz of corn sugar to accomplish about 2.5/2.6 volumes. I ended at bottling after trub and evaportation loss of right at 5 gallons.

I tasted prior to priming and all seemed good....carbonation may have brought it to the surface or due to something in the yeast at bottling after ...... I'm just guessing as I'm still a newby....I hope this helps...

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:37 PM   #4
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ohhh.....off flavor was one of a plasticy or chemically taste almost protruding through the nostils if that makes any sense at all..

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:42 PM   #5
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give it a couple weeks in the bottle. It'll probably fade. Don't judge a beer after less than a week in a bottle!

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Green Beer Green Beer Green Beer....Give it a couple more weeks...you even said you know it's too soon....

Read this...http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Revvy/..._Conditioning/

And this...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

And give it more time...you can't judge a beer until it's been AT LEAST 3 weeks in the bottle, or more....

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I'm inclined to agree with the consensus so far....if it hasn't been present before now, I'd wait it out and see how it develops.

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excellent.......you have given me hope.....

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What did you use to sanitize? On my first brew, I used c-brite, which I thought was a no rinse Anyhow, my first brew tasted like chlorine. I know that was the reason why too, becuase Ive done plenty since then and they come out fine.

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Old 02-26-2009, 06:58 PM   #10
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C-brite or B-brite but it's what I've always used and havn't had this issue in the past.

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