Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Beer tastes like plastic
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-14-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
GHB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 30
Default Beer tastes like plastic

gentlemen, I made two blonde ales using Notty yeast. Everything seemed fine and looked fine but both of them tasted like plastic. This is a tried and true recipe and i have never had this problem before. I visited the thread about what infections look like and I did not see anything out of the ordinary in my fermentors. I pitched a little hot 90 or so but have done this in the past with no problem. I have a freezer set at 66 degrees for fermenting temp. Can anyone give some advise on what the problem may be. Dont wanna loose another. Thanks

Garrett

__________________
GHB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2009, 11:18 PM   #2
GHB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 30
Default

Please help

__________________
GHB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
carbon111
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 562
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Check out this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/not...-yeast-128940/

My last IPA brewed with Nottingham and fermented at 65-69 F smelled and tasted like rotting bananas.

After a month, the flavor is starting to fade a little.

Nottingham may have some issues just now...Safale US-05 may be a good substitute if you prefer dry.

__________________

Best Regards, James
--
My beer blog: http://brewdujour.blogspot.com
My website: http://www.carbon111.com


Fermenting: Carbon's Grizzly Bear, Young's Special London Ale (clone)

Bottled/Conditioning:Siberian Raven Winter Ale, Cherry Tree Porter, Victoria's Dirty Secret

Drinking: Montgomery Scottish Ale, Thames American Bitter, Crow's Beak Old Ale, Bastet Brown, Carbon's Cascade Ale, Red Silo Honey IPA


carbon111 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2009, 11:50 PM   #4
Stuntman
Alcohol to Urine 37+ yrs. Not any longer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Stuntman's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 5,280
Liked 95 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

When one of my LHBS's told me that the when the plastic fermenters turn yellow it is time to pitch them in the garbage. Could that be it?


So now I went to glass only. Of course now I am worried about how much I am drinking, trying to move the full glass around. I was cleaning one and set it on the concrete ever so easily (apparently not easy enough) it made that noise and I let it go before the whole carboy went into pieces. Got a nasty cut, but could have took my hand off if I didn't let it go when I did.

I keep towels handy now to set them on, another note is that dang carboy hauler that goes around neck, I have been told that the neck can snap off, It is made for carrying empty carboys, or for balancing while you are carrying it from the bottom.

Hope it is an easy fix for you.

__________________
If I had a nickel for every beer I drank....I would be retired already.

Emphasis on drank, sober since August 28 2011
Stuntman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 01:59 AM   #5
Synovia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, Il
Posts: 1,327
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stuntmantoo View Post
When one of my LHBS's told me that the when the plastic fermenters turn yellow it is time to pitch them in the garbage. Could that be it?
:
If you use Iodophor, your plastic will always be yellowish.


You didn't use a garden hose at some point during the brew day, did you?
__________________
Synovia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 03:17 AM   #6
GHB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 30
Default

I did use the hose, i think this may have caused the off taste because brew days have been in the hundreds lately and my black hose was stretched across my lawn to the garage where i brew. Have since made a batch with bottled water, no results yet. I was mainly worried about infection and knowing if i have some other bigger problem.

__________________
GHB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 04:23 AM   #7
BigEd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,362
Liked 118 Times on 104 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GHB View Post
gentlemen, I made two blonde ales using Notty yeast. Everything seemed fine and looked fine but both of them tasted like plastic. This is a tried and true recipe and i have never had this problem before. I visited the thread about what infections look like and I did not see anything out of the ordinary in my fermentors. I pitched a little hot 90 or so but have done this in the past with no problem. I have a freezer set at 66 degrees for fermenting temp. Can anyone give some advise on what the problem may be. Dont wanna loose another. Thanks

Garrett
Pitching yeast at 90F is asking for trouble. Not having a previous problem could be chalked up to luck but by doing what you describe you are essentially playing Russian Roulette with your batch of beer. The plastic taste is phenolics. They are produced by many yeasts at high temps and can also be produced by wild yeast or bacteria. Note that an infection will not necessarily cause a change in the appearance of the beer. Review your sanitation procedures and be sure to both pitch and ferment at the recommended temperature range of the yeast.
__________________
BigEd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 12:03 PM   #8
s1080
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 160
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

If my memory serves me correctly phenolics can also come from sanitizing with bleach if not rinsed thoroughly. I just recently had this problem and picked up some starsan.

__________________
s1080 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 02:26 PM   #9
Stuntman
Alcohol to Urine 37+ yrs. Not any longer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Stuntman's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 5,280
Liked 95 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Synovia View Post
If you use Iodophor, your plastic will always be yellowish.


You didn't use a garden hose at some point during the brew day, did you?
MAN!!!!
I am going to learn not to listen to that one LHBS and just read these posts...

Thanks Synovia

I got one LHBS that is further away from me, but they seem to know a lot more.
__________________
If I had a nickel for every beer I drank....I would be retired already.

Emphasis on drank, sober since August 28 2011
Stuntman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2009, 07:18 PM   #10
carbon111
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 562
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GHB View Post
I did use the hose.
That could have certainly been it. Vinyl has a well known penchant for leeching, especially at warmer temps...
__________________

Best Regards, James
--
My beer blog: http://brewdujour.blogspot.com
My website: http://www.carbon111.com


Fermenting: Carbon's Grizzly Bear, Young's Special London Ale (clone)

Bottled/Conditioning:Siberian Raven Winter Ale, Cherry Tree Porter, Victoria's Dirty Secret

Drinking: Montgomery Scottish Ale, Thames American Bitter, Crow's Beak Old Ale, Bastet Brown, Carbon's Cascade Ale, Red Silo Honey IPA

carbon111 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Goat cheese tastes like plastic? rocketman768 Cooking & Pairing 4 07-22-2009 02:02 AM
Tried a strawberry wheat...it tastes like plastic jdog2050 Extract Brewing 14 04-30-2009 04:30 PM
All grain and tastes like plastic trkerrigan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11 01-26-2009 01:53 PM
Spiced ale tastes like burnt plastic Kayos All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 12-06-2007 12:58 AM
First batch tastes like plastic eulipion2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 09-26-2006 01:03 AM