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Old 12-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Medicine taste to vanilla porter? HELP!

I made an 5g extract kit of a basic robust porter and wanted to try and add some vanilla flavor. Well I lazied out and went with two onces of madagascar bourbon vanilla extract. The problem is now I have a medicine like smell and taste to the beer and no vanilla taste whatsoever! I added the vanilla straight to my corny keg and has been setting in keezer for two weeks with little to no change in flavor. Will this go away? will the vanilla flavor devolpe after time? If not I was going to attempt to add some cold steeped coffee and bourban to the beer to mask the off flavor? Or is that a bad idea as well. lol

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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As in Band-aid medicine?

Left over sanitizer is the usual culprit, or lots of chlorine in top off water.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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The base porter tasted as it should when racked to corny. I use dechlorinated water for everything and the corny sanitized and allowed to drain.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #4
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Its not a Band aid flavor smell. Its more of a cough syrup robotussin taste.

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No rinse I assume?

If so, you should be good there.

I can't imagine canned vanilla imparting medicine...unless it had some STRONG preservatives.

Hopefully it will disapear. Uncarbed, a beer can taste awful that ends up tasting fantastic once carbed and conditioned a few weeks.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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Ya I dont know. It is carbed and has been for two weeks around 40 f. just tryed it last night and still has the taste/aroma. I just wonder should i let it set or try adding the coffee bourban. Like I said it has no vanilla taste whatsoever and it was two onces of high dollar extract not cheap imatation crap.

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I would let it sit warm whatever you do, cold isn't going to improve anything.

I would give it 2 weeks warm and see what happens.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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Ok my hats off to you sir...But i need some kind of explanation lol. I pulled beer from keezer yesterday , bout 24 hours made sure it had plenty of co2 and let it set and get room temperture. Tried it today after work and the aroma and medicine taste are completly gone.. I mean vanished and now the vanilla flavor is shining through beautifully ? Why did this happen?

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I think it's the beer gnomes. They can't get to it when it is in the keezer.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #10
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Was just going to say... it's probably just young. You're likely just tasting the hotness ot the alcohol that hasn't had time to condition.

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