New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Beer tastes of soap




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-25-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
Spikemead
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 55
Default 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 ?



__________________
Spikemead is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
stpug
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,068
Liked 279 Times on 242 Posts
Likes Given: 127

Default

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.



__________________
stpug is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
hotspurdotus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 159
Liked 23 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 31

Default

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

__________________
hotspurdotus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #4
beeber
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SE PA, Pennsylvania
Posts: 362
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

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

__________________
beeber is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
WyomingBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Worland, Wyoming
Posts: 418
Liked 34 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html



Soapy
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.
__________________
Big Horn Basin Brew Supply
728 Big Horn Ave
Worland, WY 82401
Brew What You Drink!
WyomingBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2013, 10:26 PM   #6
Frankiesurf
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Frankiesurf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Medford, NY
Posts: 364
Liked 33 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

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

Was your recipe mostly Liquid or Dry malt extract?

__________________
Frankiesurf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 05:04 PM   #7
Spikemead
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 55
Default

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

__________________
Spikemead is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 58,635
Liked 3855 Times on 2816 Posts
Likes Given: 644

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spikemead View Post
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).
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
Spikemead
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 55
Default

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

__________________
Spikemead is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 08:10 PM   #10
Cider123
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: , Maine
Posts: 902
Liked 195 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

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), and 2-3 weeks later the taste was gone. It is truly amazing how beers "fix themselves" given time and patience.



__________________

I like beer

Cider123 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Pale Ale tastes kind of like soap. Rhymenoceros Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 02-25-2013 04:21 PM
IPA tastes like soap mn_brewer_stpaul Fermentation & Yeast 13 12-03-2012 08:58 PM
Beer Soap snowboard419 General Beer Discussion 6 07-12-2011 04:30 AM
beer soap rmolledo General Beer Discussion 34 02-05-2011 04:07 PM
2 months in, tastes like soap. Salvage? thatjoshguy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 21 12-11-2010 09:24 PM