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Old 03-23-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Beer smells and has a slight taste of manure

Manure.

Not kidding. I just transferred my Amarillo and MO SMaSH from primary to secondary and had a bit of a taste test along with the Hydro (which was spot on). The recipe for said beer is as follows:


3 gal batch All grain stovetop BIAB

6.5 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)

0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 Hop
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop
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0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 10 Days

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American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) w/starter.


Upon smelling the beer my cohort and I both detected a distinct manure-like smell. Upon tasting I felt that the same smell transferred to the taste and my buddy did not taste anything amiss. I know I know leave the beer be, but this is quite a funky odor and we have had a few failed batches in the past :/

Please let me know what you all think. Appreciate it folks!

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Old 03-23-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Maybe better described as "earthy"?

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Old 03-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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I've read on the forums that Amarillo can have a funky flavor if used all by its lonesome. Worst case, if it doesn't go away and you don't like it, try dry hopping with something complementary. 10 days could also cause something a little funky.

Just to be sure, what temp did you ferment at, and how old were the hops?

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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While I've never experienced it with 1056, some yeasts can produce sulpher smells that could easily be classed as 'manure' like

It will fade surely, but the first time I had this from a batch it floored me how much it stunk! It totally went away by the time I kegged it and was a very tasty beer. That was with W34/70 dry yeast.

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Thanks for the responses folks.

I wouldn't classify it as earthy sadly. I just decided to forge ahead and dry hopped as per recipe. I fermented in a cool-ish dark closet at around 73 to 70 degrees so a little warm but not scorching. The hops were properly sealed and smelled quite fresh. As to a specific date I could not say. Never had an issue with my LHBS having old hops. I hope that the smell is just a funky odor that dies off soon. I plan on kegging soon and letting it sit for a week cool at 12 psi. Thanks

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Just out of curiosity, how do you know what manure tastes like?

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I fermented in a cool-ish dark closet at around 73 to 70 degrees so a little warm but not scorching.
If the ambient temp was 73 you likely fermented closer to 78F or so, which is definitely a little high for 1056. I assume you're getting your supplies from Brew and Grow so I'm sure hop freshness isn't an issue here. Next time see if you can ferment closer to the mid 60s and you'll vastly improve your beer. If you haven't already, look up how to make a cheap swamp cooler or even use a bath tub. I've personally never had any manure-like characteristics from 1056, but possibly you are over-sensitive to some of the Amarillo traits? Hopefully someone else can chime in on that.

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Also Hawks ya I have been looking into either a coolbag (I believe that is the name) or getting a small fridge in which to keep my keg or use as a fermentation chamber.

It is interesting that you mention the sensitivity to the Amarillo. As I mentioned before my buddy only got the smell and not the flavor. And yea Brew and Grow is a good store no issues with hops. Thanks

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I've drunk bull testicle stout, but never manure ale. Betcha money some of the drunks at GABF woud try manure ale! (Hell, that's why I tried the bull testicle stout- it was creamy with a little nutiness on the finish). I know OFF TOPIC.

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