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Old 10-29-2010, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Question about band-aid/plastic taste

So I recently brewed a partigyle in which the strong was like an American Strong Ale and the weak one I turned into sort of a steam beer. Only in the steam beer there is a highly detectable and pretty nasty band-aid/plastic taste. I know that this is said to be from chlorophenol production caused by poorly rinsing bleach off equipment. As someone who does use bleach to sanitize, I'm guessing I didn't rinse that carboy well enough. Now what I'm wondering is, does this taste go away with age? Is it going to be drinkable eventually? I really hope so because I hate wasting beer.

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:44 PM   #2
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It might fade a bit with age but the only way to know for sure is to let it ride.

There are also many other ways to get phenols in your beer, give this a read.

http://www.winning-homebrew.com/phenolic-flavors.html

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Old 10-29-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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Yes, those are the tasty phenols, not that gross ones that I ended up with.

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Old 10-29-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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bump. Any other thoughts?

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Old 10-29-2010, 11:21 PM   #5
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While beer is still fermenting, it tends to have a really strong band-aid flavor/aroma. Thought I had a ruined beer when I tasted a hydometer sample, but it went away in about a week or so.

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It's been in the bottle for about a month and a half, forgot to mention that.

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My thought is to stop using bleach. Nothing good can come of it.

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Old 10-29-2010, 11:23 PM   #8
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It's been in the bottle for about a month and a half
Yeah, you're stuck with that flavor. It might go away a little, but that is a nasty one, and it doesn't just disappear.
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Yeah, you're stuck with that flavor. It might go away a little, but that is a nasty one, and it doesn't just disappear.
You just crushed my dreams. Guess it's a dumper.
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Sorry. If it were a big imperial stout or something, I'd suggest aging it for years with the potential of getting lucky, but if is that prominent in a beer that light, it isn't really going anywhere before the beer is just an oxidized mess anyhow.

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