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Old 01-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default Last two brews have tasted like plastic! Please help!

Ok, I'm having some new issues. The past two batches I have made have had this plastic taste to them! Not good at all! I'm practicing the exact sanitation techniques, same temps ect. My FC is always at 62 degrees, and I'm brewing the same way I have for a long time. However, the past two brews have tasted just horrible, with a weird plastic taste. I know my mash temps shouldn't be an issue. I taste it before I keg it and it has the same taste, so it shouldn't be the keg. It was in a better bottle with no blow off, so it rules that out. What is this problem? I'm REALLY getting tired of pouring beer down the drain! Any help would be great! Thanks!

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Old 01-23-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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I feel your pain. Had to dump two batches back to back due to a terrible taste. Heartbreaking! Mine came from the new CFC I got but didn't clean & sanitize as thoroughly as I needed to, but if you've changed no equipment or procedure, that's a tough one.

Is the taste plastic like it's picking up better bottle taste? Or like a band-aid?

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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Ok, I'm having some new issues. The past two batches I have made have had this plastic taste to them! Not good at all! I'm practicing the exact sanitation techniques, same temps ect. My FC is always at 62 degrees, and I'm brewing the same way I have for a long time. However, the past two brews have tasted just horrible, with a weird plastic taste. I know my mash temps shouldn't be an issue. I taste it before I keg it and it has the same taste, so it shouldn't be the keg. It was in a better bottle with no blow off, so it rules that out. What is this problem? I'm REALLY getting tired of pouring beer down the drain! Any help would be great! Thanks!
Just a wild guess, you aren't using a garden hose for obtaining your water are you?
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Also, what is the recipe? Possible old or bad batch of extract if youre partial mash? Did they use a same extract from the same source?

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Old 01-23-2012, 07:17 PM   #5
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Did you buy any of your beer line from Lowe's or Home Depot? Those will deff give an off taste.

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Did you buy any of your beer line from Lowe's or Home Depot? Those will deff give an off taste.
All my siphon tubing came from Lowes, haven't noticed any off flavors.
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What yeast? Are you using tap water? Filtered or treated? When I have had this issue in the past it was from too high a fermentation temperature - mid 60's. How are you measuring fermentation temp? Inside the chamber or do you have a probe taped and insulated against the fermenter?

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Just a wild guess, you aren't using a garden hose for obtaining your water are you?
Yes, but I always have with fine results.
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Also, what is the recipe? Possible old or bad batch of extract if youre partial mash? Did they use a same extract from the same source?
AG. Same grains from the same LHBS with the same mill and settings.
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What yeast? Are you using tap water? Filtered or treated? When I have had this issue in the past it was from too high a fermentation temperature - mid 60's. How are you measuring fermentation temp? Inside the chamber or do you have a probe taped and insulated against the fermenter?
WLP007 English Dry. My water is tap untreated from a hose. Same way as I have always have done it. My temp controller is set on 62 with the probe taped halfway down the wall with some bubble wrap behind it against the wall (so probe isn't touching the wall)
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