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Old 03-27-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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Default My Wit has a Hot-dog Aftertaste!!!!

It has a hot dog aftertaste! Is it green? (only been bottled for a week after a 14 day primary fermentation) so a total of 21 days, but the aftertaste is just like a hot-dog! I fermented in the 69-70 degree range (White Labs say 68-74 for best attentuation). Is something wrong or is it "green"??? Help SWMBO, wants her Blue Moon clone, and I wanna keep Brewing!

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Old 03-27-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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Two strange food-related off flavor threads in <5 minutes... My mind is boggled.

Here's the last hotdog thread we had, but the OP never really got back to us about his process and sanitation regime. If you're more forthcoming than he was, maybe we can help this time. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/hotdog-flavor-106509/

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Oh, and the one before that. I'm sensing a trend with the wheat beers and the hot dog flavor.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/yes-...ed-lol-105418/

Another similarity: The OP never talks about the freshness of his ingredients, his process, or his sanitation.

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Let it sit. If it doesn't get any better then just put some mustard, ketchup, and pickles in there and call it Ballpark Wit!

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Old 03-27-2009, 10:38 AM   #5
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Another similarity: The OP never talks about the freshness of his ingredients, his process, or his sanitation.
Sounds to me like being witholding about your brewing process can cause a hot-dog flavor in your beer. DONE--next question.
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Without having had this problem myself, I'd venture a guess that a flavor like that comes partially from the extremely unique and funky Wit yeast that WY and WL offer......I could see that yeast's "baby digestive juice after eating apricots" flavor/aroma mingling with some other off taste to produce a hot dog like flavor.....maybe it's that yeast at the wrong temp. what were your ferm temps like.......the good news is that if it is yeast related this yeast's flavor contribution, though horrible if approached too young, metamorphasizes into a delicious tangy tartness as the beer matures, so I agree with everyone else and think you should let it ride for a while and see what happens.

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I brewed a wit that had a corn aftertaste, but have never experienced hotdog flavored beer. If I had still had some we could've combined the 2 to make the beer version of the Jones Soda holiday packs

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My dog would love hot dog beer!

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Help SWMBO, wants her Blue Moon clone, and I wanna keep Brewing!
Well it sounds to me like she's got it...I think Blue Moon tastes like hot dogs every time I get it in the bottle. Strangely, I don't get that flavor from draft Blue Moon...it is a mystery.
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Sounds to me like being witholding about your brewing process can cause a hot-dog flavor in your beer. DONE--next question.
Yep, and now we have three threads as evidence, since OP never got back to us.
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