new to the forum, hello all!! little but of back story, My SWMBO's father is an avid home brewer, and i have had plenty of tasty brews from him. I got into the hobby after helping out at a few brewdays and decided it was time for my first batch solo. I followed all the precautions sanitizing, following instructions, all that jazz...
im a newbie by all means but have done plenty of research, but the problem i have is leaving me baffled.
So i purchased a SMaSH ale all grain kit from northernbrewer.com, and had at it. Assuming a easy peasy single malt/single hop ale would be an easy recipe for a first batch.
the end result is a bitter tasting beer with a flavor that sticks around and just isnt pleasant. Like, it almost taste like like its spoiled, but its only been in a keg for 5 days!
now, my thoughts behind this off flavor are as follows:
I decided to leave in primary fermentation for the whole two weeks, VS one week primary/one week secondary. Now after researching, i dont think this is the source of my problem, but its a possibility? right?
OR! the kegs i have are corny pin lock kegs i got from a good friend who works as a manufacturing manager at Cornelius! I received them still full of soda syrup, so after bleach bombing, soaking in oxy clean, rinsing, rinsing, soaking in PBW, rinsing, rinsing, and starsan and rising...and rinsing...OH and rinsing my beer lines with star san, and being all new hardware, is this a possible cause?
OR! I live in a small town, and my water is off an aquifer, it is relatively hard water, and im going to assume an off pH. after some research i discovered pH being too high(i believe) can cause an off flavor. I have since purchased ph5.2 and will be trying in in my next batch. could this do it?
Im stumped. i mean its tolerable to drink but i dont want to share it cause its almost embarrassing!
any ideas? ANY?