Originally Posted by thackers
I've purchased a heater that submerses in the beer with a temperature control as where I live in the uk is often cold the central heating isn't allways on so to maintain the constant temperature I purchased the heater, I'm unaware of the yeast I used its basically the one that came with the kits I'm just unsure why it would smell the same when the drinks ate different I've not bottled the stout yet but in the pilsner it tainted the beverage , I may just be being novice here I don't want to offend anyone and I'm sorry if it's annoying but I'm really annoyed I just want to make a drink that's actually drinkable! I e spent a fair bit on equipment I just want the rewards of a decent beverage that doesn't cost the earth !
I think many of those kits are to blame, not you! Any of those canned kits that you add sugar to and pretty poor quality, and they will all taste/smell pretty much the same.
You probably do NOT want a heater- you should ferment most beers at 16-20C and no higher.
I'd suggest letting us know what you're using as a kit for ingredients (a link would be great, since you don't have the same items in the UK that we have), and we can help you choose a better quality extract kit. You want to stay away from those canned kits, and those prehopped cans especially.