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Old 08-06-2007, 09:13 PM   #1
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My wife and I decided on our brew. As I said in my intro post, we have had our brewing stuff in storage for a couple years and are getting back into brewing. I was thinking a simple English Bitter, she wanted a strong or chocolate stout. She said, "we have enough bottles, let's make two different batches." She is hot.

So we will make a simple extract wheat ale for the remainder of the summer. Once we get it in the bottles, we'll attempt a partial mash chocolate stout.

We have both noticed that some beer styles tend to have a "metallic" flavor note. This seems to be most prevalent in wheat ales and octoberfest marzens. I myself don't mind a bit. (I love Ayinger Octoberfest, metallic taste and all) She very much dislikes it.

I know that the taste can come from actual metal, such as the brew pot. But I am refering to a broad experienc with commercial brews. Does this come from a particular malt? water supply? yeast? hop? storage issue?

I want to know what to avoid in our wheat ale.

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Old 08-10-2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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I am bumping this message out of continued curiousity:

It seems that some beer styles tend to have a "metallic" flavor note. This seems to be most prevalent in wheat ales and octoberfest marzens.

Besides exposure to actual metal, does this come from a particular malt? water supply? yeast? hop? storage issue?

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Old 08-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #3
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Hallertau hops. Just a guess.

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Someone complained of a beer tasting metallic here some time ago. I tried the beer and figured out that if you drank it from the bottle, it tasted metallic because of the bottle cap. If you poured it into a glass, the metallic taste disappeared.

I'm assuming, since it's homebrew, that you're pouring it into and drinking it out of a glass? Try putting your tongue on the top of the bottle where you removed the bottle cap. This sounds silly, but you can either eliminate this as the cause of the metallic taste, or very quickly remedy it if this is the case. Good luck!

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Old 10-07-2007, 03:30 AM   #5
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Great point. Many years ago, I grew to dislike Becks because of the metallic taste. I always got in in the local bar, and always drank from the bottle. I'll have to try it again decanted.

That said, I am having a problem with a beer I just finished. After 3 weeks in the keg, it was great. Touch of sweet, great hops aroma (cascade) and flavor (kent iirc). At 4 weeks, the aroma has dropped of considerably, and it has a distinct metallic bite. It's still a good beer, but it reminds me strongly of that Becks bite.

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