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Old 05-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Extreme Frustration; What am I doing wrong?!!

Freaking Baindaid Taste!!!

Three of my last five extract batches have turned out with the very overpowering and horrible bandaid taste. I do not know what I'm doing wrong.

Extract Batches with store bought distilled water.

Full and partial boils with a turkey fryer.

Put 1 gallon of starsan into a 5 gallon food grade bucket and sanitize strainer and funnel.

Wort chiller into boil for last 10 minutes, then chill.
Pour into sanitized better bottles.

It always happens in the primary and I can smell it when I rack to a keg (I don't usually secondary).

Any help???

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Old 05-10-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Freaking Baindaid Taste!!!

Three of my last five extract batches have turned out with the very overpowering and horrible bandaid taste. I do not know what I'm doing wrong.

Extract Batches with store bought distilled water.

Full and partial boils with a turkey fryer.

Put 1 gallon of starsan into a 5 gallon food grade bucket and sanitize strainer and funnel.

Wort chiller into boil for last 10 minutes, then chill.
Pour into sanitized better bottles.

It always happens in the primary and I can smell it when I rack to a keg (I don't usually secondary).

Any help???
1 gallon, or one once of Starsan?

What kind of yeast?

What temperature are you primarying at?

You are cleaning everything before sanitizing right?

Are you adding brewing salts to the water? Distilled water doesn't have needed minerals alone.
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Distilled water doesn't have needed minerals alone.
Should be okay in this instance though. He's doing extract batches.
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1 gallon, or one once of Starsan?

What kind of yeast?

What temperature are you primarying at?

You are cleaning everything before sanitizing right?

Are you adding brewing salts to the water? Distilled water doesn't have needed minerals alone.
1 gallon of properly diluted StarSan.

Yeast, typically white labs Cali.

Primary at about 60 ambient, 68 in better bottle.

Cleaning; good call, I clean everything after I'm done but then let it sit and dot re-clean (although I'll rinse the better bottle out) before sanitizing. Is this it?

I thought that maybe it was a scratches bottle but it has happened in three of them now. So frustrating.

Thanks everyone very much for the help BTW
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Well, it doesn't sound like they are all turning out that way. Did this problem only manifest itself in the most recent batches? Did you make any changes to your routine?

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I've read that, but I don't understand how I could get the Baindaid taste if I only use distilled water.
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Well, it doesn't sound like they are all turning out that way. Did this problem only manifest itself in the most recent batches? Did you make any changes to your routine?
I've done 22 5 gallon extract brews and it happened on numbers 6, 14, 21 and 22. The only major change was going to the turkey fryer around batch 15 and getting the immersion chiller on around batch 18.

I really feel like I've been doing things right so I figured it was in the equipment. So I didn't reuse the better bottle that had it the second time. I've also replaced some syphon hose but it happens in primary and I don't syphon into the bottle. I pour through a strainer and funnel. So I bought a new strainer and funnel.

Again, thank you. I really need to get beyond this.
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Is there any common ingredient or process that was distinct to those batches?

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Nope. The first two were wheat so I thought maybe it was that. All the others are basically the same. I steep grains the same, boil the same, I did switch to the immersion chiller but it had happened before that.

To sanitize the better bottles, I just pour a quart of properly diluted starsan into it and shake up a good foam, then make sure it touches all surfaces (inside) and pour it back into the bucket.

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