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Old 05-24-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Off flavor in Porter before bottling

I brewed a Porter (BIAB) about 4 weeks ago. I just took a measurement of 1.014 but noticed a odd smell. Best way I can describe it is Stale and Yeasty. So I tasted it, kind a tastes like it smells. Didn't taste like a porter at all. Has anyone ever had a beer that didn't taste good before bottling that turned out good after conditioning? The reason I'm asking is that I have made several beers that tasted pretty good before bottling. This is the first one that really tasted weird to me. Also the first time I used a starter w/ stir plate.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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I don't know about "bad" taste before bottling, but I have noticed that bottling really does change the taste. Give it time to age in the bottle, then make your decision. But come back and let us know! Everybody says "bottle it and let it ride, you'll be fine" but nobody ever comes back to say how it worked out. Just to encourage the next person that comes along.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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I almost dumped a 5 gal. batch of an IPA I made that about a half a ago. It had a sour taste due to the yeast strain I used(whose profile looked up after I used it) and I let it sit for 5 extra days while I pondered whether to bottle it. Lo and behold, it become a really nice beer in the bottle, so that lesson has been learned by me. As long as you know it isn't infected, bottle it and wait. You might be suprised.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:53 AM   #4
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I almost dumped a 5 gal. batch of an IPA I made that about a half a ago. It had a sour taste due to the yeast strain I used(whose profile looked up after I used it) and I let it sit for 5 extra days while I pondered whether to bottle it. Lo and behold, it become a really nice beer in the bottle, so that lesson has been learned by me. As long as you know it isn't infected, bottle it and wait. You might be suprised.
Everything looks good about the porter. Just smells like I sat a beer out for 2 days. Stale and yeasty. But yeah I will bottle it and wait. Just hoping some one else have ran across the same smell and taste.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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It also smells Bready. The yeast I used was near the expiration date.

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:09 PM   #6
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Watch oxidation as it will leave a bready, then stale cardboard flavor over time. Bready flavor can also come from your recipe depending on what specialty malts were used. As for the yeast, if it is near expiration you need to do a yeast starter. Those dead cells will impact your flavor if not enough living healthy cells are there to get the job done properly and in a timely fashion. Less stress and proper pitching rate of viable cells will lead to a cleaner fermentation, better flocculation, less off flavors (providing proper fermentation temps are carried out), and better yeast character as described in its profile.

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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And always package it. Often the worst beers will smooth out over time. I made a massive mistake once using peppermint that took 4 years to even become tasteable (if thats even a word). It took a few more years to smooth out.

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What's your recipe look like, and what yeast did you use?

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http://kotmf.com/articles/flavor.pdf

Perhaps something in this link will help you pin down the flavor/taste and lead you in the right direction
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What's your recipe look like, and what yeast did you use?
I did the Midwest Porter, http://www.midwestsupplies.com/porte...grain-kit.html

I didn't end up using the yeast I originally got for this Porter from Midwest. I had purchased the wyeast London ale 1028 for this but I brewed the Cream Stout (which used the same yeast) a week before and had way better efficiency then I had planned. Since I didn't have a starter ready I pitched both Wyeast London ale packets. So I ended up getting White Labs Burton Ale from LHBS for the Porter. I did a starter for this and it reached the FG with no problems. The Porter looks fine just smells bready and yeasty which I'm starting to think the yeast was bad. It does not taste like a porter at all because of this.
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