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Old 10-01-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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So I am a case through my American Light (Brewers Best Kit - bottled for about 5 weeks) and I am just realizing it tastes slightly off...almost a little sour. It isn't anything over whelming and I can't really put my finger on the taste. No one else who has had it has mentioned anything about it (maybe I have too nice of friends, or they are all just alcoholics lol). Honestly if I take a nice swig and just swallow it the taste isn't really there. Out of curiosity I cracked a bottle of my dunklewizen (brewers best kit - only been bottled 1 week now) - the beer has great head although it goes flat quick (as I would expect at this point), and the taste is great besides the same slight off aftertaste as my American Light.

Now I believe the problem is pitching and fermentation temp since I realized on my last batch I was fermenting at 77 wort temp. I also usually pitch around 80 (I know better know from reading HBT).

Would the combination of a slightly high fermentation temp and pitch temp be the most probable cause for my ever elusive off taste?

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Old 10-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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I think I have the same taste in my first couple of batches as well, I'm trying to put my finger on it but I cannot. Mine is coming from a brewers best kit as well... I'd like to hear what others say about it too. I have tried to keep my temps down lately to see if that's it.

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I think I have the same taste in my first couple of batches as well, I'm trying to put my finger on it but I cannot. Mine is coming from a brewers best kit as well... I'd like to hear what others say about it too. I have tried to keep my temps down lately to see if that's it.
Yeah its definitely interesting - nothing close to ruining the beer, but something I would like to get rid of nonetheless
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As I'm reading more about this it seems it may just be green beer, So I suppose we should probably let those babies sit around a little longer before we try them again.

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Old 10-01-2011, 11:36 PM   #5
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high temperatures usually cause your beer to taste fruity like bananas or cloves. if you don't know what i'm talking about, go to a store with a good selection of import beer and get a bottle of Aventinus.

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Old 10-02-2011, 12:29 AM   #6
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I brew the BB kits as well and can relate. I think you are spot on with the temperature hypothesis. I'll also throw the yeast under the bus as well. As robust as the Danstar Nottingham yeast is, I have deduced that the batches that I have brewed with the Notty and in the summer months have this estery finish. The batches I have brewed with Safale or liquid yeasts, not so much. I am going to stay away from the Notty and see how it goes for a while. Regardless, a fermentation chamber will be my next upgrade to better control that variable.
FWIW, the Dunklweizen is supposed to have a phenolic sort of aftertaste (according to BB). I really don't care for it and doubt I'll ever go down that road again, although the body and initial taste are very nice, IMO.

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Old 10-02-2011, 07:34 AM   #7
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extract twang and or old extract. make sure your kits are fresh as extract goes bad in a hurry. upgrade to all grain or source fresh kits (and even then I still taste the "extract twang"

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I've noticed a similar taste in my brewers best kits as well. Haven't noticed it since switching to all grain. I just assumed it was extract twang. I can't say that I'm sure it's the extract though since I added a fermentation chamber at the same time I switched to all grain.

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very interesting...If a lot of other people are having the problem with BB kits it makes me feel a little better. I am already done with kits and have started buying the ingredients myself. My DME on the last batch was from Briess so we will find out in a month or so if switching off of BB solved my problem

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Fermentation temperature is definitely the issue here. 77 is way too high, and you're going to get all manner of off flavors from that. It should improve with age, though. I had a wheat that fermented in the mid 80s, and after about 6 weeks in the bottle, it was fairly drinkable.

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