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Old 03-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #11
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Are you kegging or bottling? If kegging are you sure your beer line is clean. Like I said, I had that taste come from an unclean beer line once. I had a beer throwing the taste pretty bad. I was using a line with a cobra tap on it. I brought a different beer on line and moved the tap from the apply beer to the new one and got the same taste from the new beer. I tried a different beer line and both beers tasted fine wihin a pour or two. It may have been a coincidence, but I don't think so.

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Old 03-30-2012, 05:55 PM   #12
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Are you kegging or bottling? If kegging are you sure your beer line is clean. Like I said, I had that taste come from an unclean beer line once. I had a beer throwing the taste pretty bad. I was using a line with a cobra tap on it. I brought a different beer on line and moved the tap from the apply beer to the new one and got the same taste from the new beer. I tried a different beer line and both beers tasted fine wihin a pour or two. It may have been a coincidence, but I don't think so.
I do keg but I clean my lines with line cleaner then water then sanitizer after every kicked keg. I could clean them to see.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:52 AM   #13
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Update...it has to be my kegs or lines because my hefe now tastes like apples. This is very discouraging. I kept the fermentation temps in the mid to low 60s and keep it on the yeast for 3 weeks (also took readings to make sure fermentation was complete). When I kegged the beer it smelt exactly like a hefe and the sample tasted like a hefe. Now after 2 weeks in the keg it is starting to get an apple smell and taste.

I cleaned the line after that keg was kicked. Before I hooked up the hefe I ran starsan through the line. I don't think I can clean the line any better than I have been. I think I'm just going to reclean every line and every disconnect.

I did use this bucket to make apfelwein but I have cleaned it a handful of times since then...but then again it smelt and tasted like a hefe at kegging and a week after so I don't think it could be that.

If it still tastes like apples after another week or so then I will bottle half my next batch and keg the other half to see if there is a difference (just brewed a Belgian White using the same bucket).

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Old 05-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #14
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Yes because I have used that equipment with another batch i have kegged and that tastes fine. I keep all my equipment very clean.

I am going to clean all my keg lines and faucets tonight just to make sure. The line I'm using now was cleaned but then it hasn't been used for about 3 weeks but I wouldn't think that would do anything especially since I ran starsan through it.

Like I said i did make apfelwein but I have cleaned everything a few times and it all smells like beer now. I could just buy a new bucket and lines as they are cheap enough.

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Does it have this taste pulling it right out of the fermenter or only after carbonation? I know I was dealing with carbonic bite for a while and kind of had the same taste of apples. Once I figured that out, everything is now back to normal. Also had a pumpkin ale that got infected that tasted like apples BAD!

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Does it have this taste pulling it right out of the fermenter or only after carbonation? I know I was dealing with carbonic bite for a while and kind of had the same taste of apples. Once I figured that out, everything is now back to normal. Also had a pumpkin ale that got infected that tasted like apples BAD!
This one definitely after carbonation. I tasted it from primary and it tasted great.

What did you have to do?

If this makes a difference, I carb between 14 and 10 psi. Usually I try to keep it at 12 but my reg seems to wonder a few psi.
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