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Old 05-11-2011, 03:14 AM   #1
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So, I've been hunting down solutions to the plastic after taste and burp that's begun plaguing me as of late.

The local shop told me that they thought it might be lactobacillus. But everything I've read points to the issue with chlorine and the medicine taste (phenols?)

I've been doing partial boils with extract because until just recently I didn't have a pot big enough for a full boil. This means that once cooled with the wort chiller i dump the wort into primary and add about 2 gallons of cold tap water to make up the difference.

I know that Seattle bumped the amount of fluoride they've been adding this Janurary and my issues started about that time. Perhaps they adjusted the chlorine as well. They claim to not use chloramine (sp). This also coincides with when I got my wort chiller.

So, could crashing the temp and dumping a few gallons of cold tap water onto the wort really cause this plastic taste issue?

I know I should just brew and see, but input is nice, so I know I'm not going crazy... Alone at least.

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Old 05-11-2011, 03:15 AM   #2
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So, I've been hunting down solutions to the plastic after taste and burp that's begun plaguing me as of late.

The local shop told me that they thought it might be lactobacillus. But everything I've read points to the issue with chlorine and the medicine taste (phenols?)

I've been doing partial boils with extract because until just recently I didn't have a pot big enough for a full boil. This means that once cooled with the wort chiller i dump the wort into primary and add about 2 gallons of cold tap water to make up the difference.

I know that Seattle bumped the amount of fluoride they've been adding this Janurary and my issues started about that time. Perhaps they adjusted the chlorine as well. They claim to not use chloramine (sp). This also coincides with when I got my wort chiller.

So, could crashing the temp and dumping a few gallons of cold tap water onto the wort really cause this plastic taste issue?

I know I should just brew and see, but input is nice, so I know I'm not going crazy... Alone at least.

Thanks
What yeast did you use?

I had this issue with kolsch yeast recently. Cleared up after a month at 35 degrees.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:20 AM   #3
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What yeast did you use?

I had this issue with kolsch yeast recently. Cleared up after a month at 35 degrees.
I'm using wyeast, usually 1056.

That's another question. Will that after taste mellow out and vanish over time?
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:37 AM   #4
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had plastic taste to my beers before i started to filter my water the ones that tasted really bad were ligher less hopped and the plastic taste took over and never got any better darker beers or high hopped it wasnt as noticable but was there

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I got the same plastic taste when I moved from the country to the city. Never had the problem with well water. Found out pretty quick it was the chlorine. I started just buying enough spring water from the store for brewing.

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does plastic ever touch any water or other ingredient in your beer?

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I got the same plastic taste when I moved from the country to the city. Never had the problem with well water. Found out pretty quick it was the chlorine. I started just buying enough spring water from the store for brewing.
Instead of buyin spring water, just treat your water with potassium metabisulphate (campden) tablets from your lhbs. They are cheaper than buying water for every batch.
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Instead of buyin spring water, just treat your water with potassium metabisulphate (campden) tablets from your lhbs. They are cheaper than buying water for every batch.
I might have to give that a try.
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I might have to give that a try.
They're under $5 for a bottle, and each tablet will treat 20 gallons. I just break a tablet in half to treat my strike water, then use the other half for my sparge water. Dissolve in the water and chlorine AND chloramines are gone.
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They're under $5 for a bottle, and each tablet will treat 20 gallons. I just break a tablet in half to treat my strike water, then use the other half for my sparge water. Dissolve in the water and chlorine AND chloramines are gone.
Do you need to give it a certain amount of time to work?
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