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Old 05-21-2011, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default Wht does my beer burn my throat a little?

Hi,
I just brewed my first batch, an Extra Pale Ale from a liquid extract kit. I fermented it for 2 weeks in a primary bucket, bottled it and tried the first one after 2 weeks. I tried a second one 4 days later. Both tasted pretty good, however both left a very slight burning feeling in the back of my throat like if I drank ginger beer.

Does anyone have an idea why this could be? My thoughts are:
- Maybe I'm sensitive to whatever is in Whirfloc?
- I sanitized everything with C-Brite at the .8oz per 2 gallon of water concentration and let it drip dry but didn't rinse with water afterward.Was that bad?
-Maybe I need to let it age more?

Any thoughts? I'm hoping I don't need to pour it all out.

Thanks!

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:15 AM   #2
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The only thing I would assume it could possibly be is your sanitizer. It could taste high in alcohol (burny) but only with higher alcohol concentrations. I'd let it age out and try it again. There's really no reason to dump it unless you don't like the taste. I doubt it's even remotely harmful. Someone that uses c-brite may be more helpful.

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:22 AM   #3
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How much corn sugar did you put in your beer? The only time I've experienced that cidery burn was when I had a kilogram of corn sugar in my beer.

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:25 AM   #4
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What's in Whirlfloc is powdered seaweed. I doubt you're allergic to that.

Frankly, I doubt it's an allergy at all, although some people react to certain hops. Brew another one and see if it happens again!

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I had this while drinking an aged stone 13th anniversary, though it did say do not age, I found it at the liqour store and had to buy it 2009 limited release bought in dec 2010, tell me you wouldn't buy it.

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Just a guess; no temperature control. Probably tasting higher/fusel alcohols. Others may argue, but I don't think it is going to go away.

Drink it by all means, but be aware that it can cause nasty headaches (even if you don't drink too much).

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Old 05-21-2011, 06:31 AM   #7
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Two things we should know:

-ABV on the brew (you did take gravity readings, yes?)

-Average temperature during fermentation. If you don't have a brewmometer, grab one.

Reason being is the alcohol percentage has a pretty heavy influence on taste & mouthfeel of the final product--hence why liquors tend to "burn" going down. Also temperatures during fermentation can also affect the final outcome--higher temps can produce fusel alcohols which cause a burning sensation like you described.

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Just a guess; no temperature control. Probably tasting higher/fusel alcohols. Others may argue, but I don't think it is going to go away.

Drink it by all means, but be aware that it can cause nasty headaches (even if you don't drink too much).
That's my guess too. Fusel alcohols don't go away, but they mellow considerably with time.
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Just to put this out there, C-Brite really should be rinsed off. It's not a no-rinse sanitizer, and at least when I've used it, it tends to have that "bleach" smell to it.

I don't know if this would produce off flavors or not, but it's worth mentioning for your next batch.

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Just to put this out there, C-Brite really should be rinsed off. It's not a no-rinse sanitizer, and at least when I've used it, it tends to have that "bleach" smell to it.

I don't know if this would produce off flavors or not, but it's worth mentioning for your next batch.
Yup, could be some chemical burn...worth looking into what's in the stuff. As well, fusels as mentioned can give some light alcohol burn.
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