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Old 10-04-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Extract kits w/ grain steeping from a reputable company, I have made a wheat and tripel in the last two months. Neither one has much more than a month in the bottle.

They are both very good, but have this identical, annoying taste to them I cant figure out. Sometimes, I can't tell which one I am drinking! This is comparing a tripel to a wheat, lol.

Do they need several months in the bottle or is this something to do with the malt extract?

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Old 10-04-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Extract kits w/ grain steeping from a reputable company, I have made a wheat and tripel in the last two months. Neither one has much more than a month in the bottle.

They are both very good, but have this identical, annoying taste to them I cant figure out. Sometimes, I can't tell which one I am drinking! This is comparing a tripel to a wheat, lol.

Do they need several months in the bottle or is this something to do with the malt extract?

Thanks!
SOunds like the dreaded extract "twang". http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f37/extr...ng-what-54434/
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:01 AM   #3
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Are you using tap water? You may want to make sure the common flavor isn't from that.

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Old 10-06-2008, 04:07 AM   #4
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If your water is really "aggressive" it will lend a "character" to the beer, but I don't think it would be powerful enough to overpower the malt, hops, and alcohol and make it homogenous. Sounds like it might be "twang" to me as well. I've gotten the twang in about half of my extract brews. It mellows way out with old age (after a year).

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It could be a cleaner, your process, contamination, hot ferment, or any one of several other items. Please describe process etc.

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I would definitely suspect the H2O if you're on city water. As Jaeger48 said, a description of your process would help.

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How long are you letting them carb/bottle condition? If it's under 3 weeks, more likely the beers are just "green."

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+1 on above suggestions

What yeasts are you using? Some companies use the same yeast for all or most of their kits. With wheat beers and belgians, most of the flavor comes from the yeast. If the supplied yeast was the same for both that could explain it. Also, belgians and german wheats generally have a pronounced clovey character.

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Are you a smoker? My buddy is a smoker and his taste buds are completely shot. He can't tell the difference between a New Castle and a budweiser.

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Old 10-06-2008, 11:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for the reponses-

I have good tasting well water. I used Wyeast 3068 liquid yeast. So it's not either of those. The wheat beer in mention now has 6 weeks under bottle carbing and tastes the same. Followed the directions, 45 minute boil, etc. w/ grain steeping prior to all this for 20 minutes. The funny part is, it's good. But I can taste this strange thing and it's really annoying. It would be a superb beer if not for this off-taste.

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