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Old 03-21-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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So, I'm not exactly a beginner.. I've brewed 4 extract kits from Brewer's Best previously and they've all turned out excellent!

Tonight I was transferring my 5th brew, a Kolsch kit, from my secondary to my bottling bucket and gave it a quick taste test as I usually do.

I nearly fell over, it was so aweful!!! It had a slight "bread" smell to it and a really pungent taste, I don't know how else to describe it. I did everything the same as I had previously, sanitized everything.. It fermented just fine.. but I did also notice it didn't smell "quite right" when I transferred it from my primary to secondary about 1.5 wks ago.

So, I'm really bummed.. any idea what happened??

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
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Can you describe the taste more?

What was your process? The more info you can give, the more answers we can give.

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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You didn't use bread yeast did you?

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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sulfury, perhaps?

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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Can you describe the taste more?

What was your process? The more info you can give, the more answers we can give.
I brewed it and put it in my primary for about 5 days. Then transferred it to my Better Bottle (secondary) and left there for almost 2 weeks now. Then just now was about to bottle.

Come to think about it, the only think I may have done wrong this time was I may not have gotten the temperature down low enough before i pitched the yeast, my digital thermometer was acting up. I thought it was at least close and by the time I added the other 2.5g of room temperature water it'd be fine. It had soaked in ice for like 30-45 mins.

Anyways, the smell and taste is a bit hard to describe. Sort of sour, almost? At first it hit my mouth it was OK, then within a second, I was hit with this kind of rotten flavor.
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You didn't use bread yeast did you?
Nope used the regular ale yeast in the kit.
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sulfury, perhaps?
No it was not sulfury, I definitely would have recognized that flavor.

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EDIT: I don't know.. perhaps a little sulfury... not overpowering though, mostly sour/rotten...
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Bottle it and see what happens

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no way.. there's no coming back from that. I tried to fool myself that it was OK when I transferred it the first time, I'm not going to try that again.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:11 AM   #10
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I would really think about bottling it. Kolsch yeast can throw some funky flavors. It might not have been a bad idea to leave it in the primary for 3 or 4 weeks, many in here don't bother to secondary unless dry hopping or adding fruit.

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