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Old 07-02-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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I brewed an eba about a month ago. I let it ferment for 21 day and bottled it. Let that sit for two weeks and put it in the fridge . I popped one open last night. And it's way to sweet almost a citrus flavor. It's not bad not sour but my last two batches have come out tasting almost the same one was an American lager and now this one. I think it's my bottles. I clean them with oxy clean then sanitize them. I'm really pissed off by the way my beers have been tasting . I'm going to brew a brown ale but now I'm concerned .... I need to start keg'n

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Old 07-02-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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Switching to kegging won't help since if it is a brewing or cleaning/sanitizing issue, it will persist no matter how you package your brew.

Please go into more detail with your brewing/fermenting/cleaning/sanitizing routine so that we may pinpoint the problem.

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Switching to kegging won't help since if it is a brewing or cleaning/sanitizing issue, it will persist no matter how you package your brew.

Please go into more detail with your brewing/fermenting/cleaning/sanitizing routine so that we may pinpoint the problem.
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If you have issues with your process, kegging isn't going to make them go away, I've tasted just as much ****ty beer from kegs as from bottles....Probably even more, since many keggers don't let their beer condition as long as bottlers do. SO they're not benefitting from any conditioning time.
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Ok first I clean my fermenter with boil'n hot water . And oxy clean (I like the boil effect since bacteria can't hide from heat) then I sanitize it with star Stan. My bottles I do the same thing I boil my bottles then star Stan them. It's not a real bad flavor just not one I want. There's gotta be a better way to clean bottles. This is the second time in batches. I feel I can clean a keg better. Although I will admit this maybe I'm getting to much oxygen when I rack my bottles?

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Ok first I clean my fermenter with boil'n hot water . And oxy clean (I like the boil effect since bacteria can't hide from heat) then I sanitize it with star Stan. My bottles I do the same thing I boil my bottles then star Stan them. It's not a real bad flavor just not one I want. There's gotta be a better way to clean bottles. This is the second time in batches. I feel I can clean a keg better. Although I will admit this maybe I'm getting to much oxygen when I rack my bottles?
I have a feeling that the issue may be much simpler- probably the water you're using. Are you using tap water in your brewing? Some tap waters have ingredients like chlorine or chloramines that cause a certain "flavor" in the beer.

Can you post a typical recipe along with your technique, so we can see if this is a small boil/extract thing or a water issue? I doubt that this is a bottling issue.
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Did you take gravity readings to confirm that the brews were actually done before bottling them up? Also, three weeks isn't all that long, IMO, to go from boil to bottle.

I go 4+ weeks in primary, check with a gravity reading to make SURE the brew is done before bottling/kegging it up. I also taste the gravity sample to make SURE it's actually ready for bottle/keg. Taking the gravity reading and tasting it can save you from what you're encountering. Provided there's not something else in the mix causing your issue.

Out of curiosity, what kind of sugar are you priming with? I've had excellent results using Dememera sugar (aka Turbinado, aka raw cane sugar). You can use a bit less than corn sugar too. Not that it matters. Also, are you weighing the priming sugar? Are you boiling the sugar in a cup, or two, of water before priming?

BTW, unless you ferment in stainless, using 'boil'n hot water' is not a good idea. Going above the listed temperature limits for glass, or plastic, fermenters can lead to a few issues. The least harmful is melting, the most is shattering (hurting YOU in a bad way)...

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Maybe I'm asking the obvious, but what was your FG and what hops did you use?

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All my gravity readings are fine. I always take a lil taste of my beer before i bottle and it's awesome the right taste (just flat) I use priming sugar (it's not corn it's the other one) the water I use is bottled (deer park or Poland springs ext. Ext.) it's something in the bottle'n process I can't get it right. I had two brews that would win contest now I cant even drink more then one. It gets the bitter citrus taste. Some one said I should use iodine drops does this work?

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Maybe I'm asking the obvious, but what was your FG and what hops did you use?
This batch my final fg was 1.002 I forget the name of the hops I used but I've used them before with success. I'm in my car now I don't have the exact recipe. But like I said coming out of the fermantor it tasted awesome pop'd open a bottle and was "F&$# ME!!!" it's tasted the same as my last batch.
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This batch my final fg was 1.002 I forget the name of the hops I used but I've used them before with success. I'm in my car now I don't have the exact recipe. But like I said coming out of the fermantor it tasted awesome pop'd open a bottle and was "F&$# ME!!!" it's tasted the same as my last batch.
Are they carbed up? Could be leftover sugar that hasn't been eaten yet...And u should figure out what type of sugar and post it later...could be less fermentable?
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