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Old 12-22-2006, 05:13 AM   #1
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So I got my buddy to start brewing and his first brew was an AHB kit for a Texas Bock. He gave me a couple to try and I gave him one of my amber ales and one of my Chocolate Stouts. When I popped his open and poured in, everything looked good and smelled good. I took my first sip and the aftertast was lettuce or even hamburger with lettuce. It was wierd so I had my wife try it, but I didn't tell her my thoughts and she said the same thing..lettuce. Is this what this beer is supposed to taste like or is there a problem with his technique? He loves it, which is great but I was curious as to the lettuce taste. Any thoughts?


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Old 12-22-2006, 05:48 AM   #2
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Tell him not to add so much lettuce next time

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Tell him not to add so much lettuce next time

I totally didn't even think of the obvious answer



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Did you suggest the taste of lettuce to your wife prior to her tasting it? There is a lot of psychology in taste.

If you brewed from a kit you are looking at possible yeast byproducts or possible contamination.

Did you rinse your containers after cleaning/sanitizing?
Did you aerate your yeast?
What temps did you ferment at?
If you did steep grains, then what temp and how long did you steep them?

The good news is that most bad flavors will come to pass. The bad news is that it takes awhile.

I have a pumpkin ale I planned for halloween that had a bad start. Its JUST came around.

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Did you suggest the taste of lettuce to your wife prior to her tasting it? There is a lot of psychology in taste.

If you brewed from a kit you are looking at possible yeast byproducts or possible contamination.

Did you rinse your containers after cleaning/sanitizing?
Did you aerate your yeast?
What temps did you ferment at?
If you did steep grains, then what temp and how long did you steep them?

The good news is that most bad flavors will come to pass. The bad news is that it takes awhile.

I have a pumpkin ale I planned for halloween that had a bad start. Its JUST came around.
I didn't tell my wife anything, I just let her taste it and she said it tasted like an IN N Out burger
To clarify, this was a buddy of mine, not my brew. From what I understand it was a plain ol' extract kit, no grains involved. I don't know his routine either..I was just wondering if this kind of aftertaste was a normal thing for this type of beer (Bock)

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Sounds like Dimethyl Sulfide to me. The probable cause was his boiling technique.

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Sounds like Dimethyl Sulfide to me. The probable cause was his boiling technique.
I thought DMS off-flavors were caused by not cooling your wort quickly enough...
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Both. DMS forms throughout the boil and until you get the wort chilled below 140. I'm not entirely sure what DMS tastes like, but it's described as "cooked vegetable". Did he boil with the lid on? If you do, the DMS doesn't get a chance to escape.

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Also, was this dry-hopped? I've noticed problems if the hops are left in the cleaning tank for more than two weeks.

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i have nothing on the lettuce beer other than add some ranch or blue cheese to it and make a salad.

BUT, i did have a smoked pilsner that tasted exactly like ham. no kidding.

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