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Old 03-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default last few batches taste like cloves

I made a cream ale,a blond,and an all grain APA over the past few months and they all taste the same, they taste like a stale beer with a teaspoon of cloves in the bottle. they are UN-drinkable. I have tried to age the cream ale for several weeks and the clove flavor is stronger than ever I think I will dump everything and soak everything in bleach and bake all the bottles in the oven. I might even go back to kits for a while. Maybe I have rushed into more complex brewing to soon?

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Old 03-14-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Clove flavors usually come from certain yeasts that produce that flavor ester from the low end of the yeasts' temp range. They produce some banana or bubble gum esters at the high end. Maybe switch the type of yeast you're usuing? What yeast did you use?
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Clove flavors are almost always caused by temperature control.

I sure wouldn't dump your bottles though. There are plenty of uses for undrinkable beer, like beer bread! Yum!!!

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Clove flavors are almost always caused by temperature control.
Or rather, lack of temperature control.

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I sure wouldn't dump your bottles though. There are plenty of uses for undrinkable beer, like beer bread! Yum!!!
Beer bread, soup, marinades, etc. Pretty much anything you use water in, you can use beer.
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Since this is consistent across all of your beers I would look to fermentation issues. Yeast type and temp control have both been mentioned. How are you storing your bottled beer?

Your symptoms do not indicate an infection so I don't think your sanitation practices are at issue.

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Pretty much anything you use water in, you can use beer.
I use water to make beer... ... ... I CAN USE BEER TO MAKE BEER!
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Use it when grilling brats. Sheesh. Pouring out beer...

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have your bottles been overcarbonated? Any "differen" stuff growing on the surface of the beer in the bottles and/or fermenter? I can understand your pain, I hate clove(y) beer!

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Out of curiosity, how is your sanitation?

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