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Old 08-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Tons of flavor one day then no flavor the next - What Happened Overnight?

So i brewed a APA which was awesome. Took 3rd place in a BJCP contest. 2 days ago the beer had amazing aroma and taste and the very next day most of the aroma and taste was gone! It didn't even taste like it had a infection at all!

Beer had 10 ounces of hops in a 10 gallon batch, all late additions.

It was in 5 gallon corny kegs in a keezer set at 45 degrees. PSI set to 12.

Can someone explain what happened, how it happens, how to prevent it, etc.. So upset.

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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I'm interested in this too. I brewed a Sam Adams Summer clone. At first it was almost spot on. Then a week later that flavor was gone and it had a weird taste to it. Not infected or anything like that, just loss of flavor (especially the lemon).

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:33 PM   #3
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Yeah dude, this really sucks.

I want to say oxidiation from transferring from primary to secondary to keg. Or the keg is leaking. But if you have co2 constantly hooked up to it the only place it can leak is the lid because your posts on the keg have disconnects on them. And even if it's leaking from the keg lid I don't think any oxygen can get in because the co2 is under pressure forcing it out of the lid. Not letting anything back in.

So p'd off right now.

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Did you use any gelatin in it?

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:40 PM   #5
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Yes I did, but it tasted fine for 3 weeks and then overnight all the flavor and aroma is gone.

I used it in the secondary, not in the keg.

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
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I've found that gelatin strips a lot of flavor and aroma, I stopped using it for ipa's and pales.
Although it should have done it faster than 3 weeks. Most people use way to much.


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Old 08-10-2011, 02:47 PM   #7
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I add gelatin to my secondary and only let it sit for 2 days. I let it clear up even more in the keg. I always wondering if what you described causes something like that.

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:52 PM   #8
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I've found that gelatin and filtering in general have stripped a lot of flavor and body out of my beers and have abandoned both in my process. Not sure why it would have taken so long in your case however and not convinced that's the root cause here. Was it just hop flavor or does the beer also show a malt flavor/body loss as well?

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:59 PM   #9
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In my case 10 out of 10 times the taste difference is my perception and taste buds. Did someone else try the beer and concur with your findings? I've had colds, sinus issues, food I consumed prior to drinking all effect my tastes and then I go back to the beer in a few days and it is fine.

Obviously your case may be completely different.

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Interesting. I find the exact opposite with gelatine. Cloudy beer smells and tastes way too yeasty to me, covering up that malt and hop character. Once my beer drops clear, it tastes way more balanced and, well, like beer...not a glass of yeast.

Back to the OP, is the beer overcarbed? With a carbonic bite to it, it might override the hops/malt. Just a thought.

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