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Old 02-15-2013, 12:57 AM   #21
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I brewed a Scottish ale and took a small portion of the wort and boiled it. The idea was to carmelize the wort but if you overdo it then a rubbery taste can result. If I recall correctly this is equivalent to attempting a malliard reaction but burning the subject matter.

So you may be having an issue with your wort sticking to the pot during the boil. Just a thought based on my experience.

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:00 AM   #22
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Do you ever add straight tap water to the beer? Is it possible that you top off post boil? Perhaps your municipal water supply doesn't have consistent additions of choline/chloramines to the water supply?
The inconsistent levels of chloramines or chlorine are very likely. I've read that every so often a water department may decide to flush the system with higher than normal amounts of these chemicals. And I remember one time water from the tap reeked of chlorine. I called the water department and they told me they had accidentally let too much into the system.

When I started using campden tables, I noticed my beer tasted cleaner. I don't know that I would have called the off flavor 'rubber', but there was a definite difference.

Try campden tablets or a charcoal filter and let us know how it goes!
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