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Old 02-15-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default first kegging tastes like alcohol....

I just kegged for the first time - Great, right? Well not exactly. I brewed a clone of Mac N Jack's African Amber - Great, right? Well, not exactly. Having brewed / bottled this beer before I was super-excited to have it on tap. Using my new keg set-up (won from this site). Everything was the same during the process as when I bottled. I used priming sugar in the keg and let it sit for 2 weeks. I burped it before hooking up the CO2, set it to 8 psi and chilled it to about 38 degrees. first pint poured like a champ. great head retention, could smell the hops in the head...crazy excited at this point...first taste - damn! it tastes like alcohol. I had run san star through the keg and rinsed it thoroughly...what could cause this taste? can i save this batch?
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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StarSan won't cause an alcohol flavor. I rack beer to kegs that have plenty of foam in them.

What temp did you pitch at? Ferment temp?

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Old 02-15-2014, 04:19 PM   #3
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You rinsed the keg? Star San in a no rinse sanitizer, if in fact you ran tap water through the keg after the fact it's possible ya got some bacteria in the keg causing an infection..just a guess though. Did you sample it before it went into the keg? How did it taste?

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Isn't beer supposed to have an alcohol taste..?

lol

But it Smells Good??

Research Off flavors → (tastes like alcohol)? sure to be a reason..

Hope you can figure that one out.! weird...

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Does it smell/taste like nail polish remover?


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It usually takes four to six pours off the keg before the flavors get "right". Yeast will settle to the bottom while its conditioning and the keg draws from the bottom - so, your first few pours will include some of this yeast.

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I pitched the yeast at 75 - just where it directed. I think you nailed it Big Floyd with the fermentation temperature. Everything else was the same as before, I have moved my fermentation bucket location - guess it is time to move it to the keezer. Time to dump it and start over.
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I pitched the yeast at 75 - just where it directed. I think you nailed it Big Floyd with the fermentation temperature. Everything else was the same as before, I have moved my fermentation bucket location - guess it is time to move it to the keezer. Time to dump it and start over.
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Instructions that tell you to pitch a typical ale yeast at 75*F are wrong.

Next time, ignore them and try to get it down to 60-62*F for pitching. Strains like US-05, S-04 do nicely at 64-65*F beer temp while actively fermenting then finish at 68*F or so. For Nottingham, subtract 5-6*F. It does best cooler.
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