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Spikemead 01-25-2013 03:28 PM

Beer tastes of soap
I'm not sure if its the water or sanitiser I've used any ideas.
I have filtered the water and washed out both demijohn carboy and mini kegs any ideas ?

stpug 01-25-2013 06:21 PM

Is it possible you used soap in your process and did not rinse it well enough?

I believe that it's possible to have the right combination of flavors equate to a soap-like taste? What's your recipe?

What sanitizer did you use?

If you used filtered water then it's unlikely that the taste is coming from the water.

More info needed.

hotspurdotus 01-25-2013 06:29 PM

What sort of beer is it? Some people get a soapy taste from heavily hopped beers. Certain hops, like Citra, get mentioned most often.

beeber 01-25-2013 10:20 PM

What variety of hops did you use? I had a commercial beer recently and is was soapy as all get-go. Definitely the hops.

WyomingBrewer 01-25-2013 10:22 PM


Soapy flavors can caused by not washing your glass very well, but they can also be produced by the fermentation conditions. If you leave the beer in the primary fermentor for a relatively long period of time after primary fermentation is over ("long" depends on the style and other fermentation factors), soapy flavors can result from the breakdown of fatty acids in the trub. Soap is, by definition, the salt of a fatty acid; so you are literally tasting soap.

Frankiesurf 01-25-2013 10:26 PM

It may be the "extract twang" bitterness showing up.

Was your recipe mostly Liquid or Dry malt extract?

Spikemead 01-26-2013 05:04 PM

It was a dme with fuggles hops .5oz for 1 gallon so I think I've not rinsed well enough but it may be the hops

Yooper 01-26-2013 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by Spikemead (Post 4829292)
It was a dme with fuggles hops .5oz for 1 gallon so I think I've not rinsed well enough but it may be the hops

Fuggles don't taste at all soapy- they taste "dirty". I guess "earthy" is a good description. If it's soapy, its either a yeast issue (as mentioned above, from the breakdown of the fatty acids in the yeast) or from using soap somewhere in the process (like cleaning).

Spikemead 01-26-2013 08:06 PM

Then I guess I'm not cleaning out well enough cheers all

Cider123 01-26-2013 08:10 PM

I am a newb too. But I'll tell you one of my first brews tasted like it had a bleach/cleaner type taste to it. In fact, I was on this site at the time asking the same question. Got the same type of responses (you guys are just so consistent:mug:), and 2-3 weeks later the taste was gone. It is truly amazing how beers "fix themselves" given time and patience.

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