Well, my past couple of brews have been less than satisfactory. I attribute it partially to the fact that I brewed a couple of beers that I wouldnt drink on a regular basis.
But today as I drank a glass of Kool-Aid from the pitcher in the fridge, it hit me.
My water tastes like total ass. I cant really explain what sort of 'ass' the water tastes of, but I can distinctly identify the **** flavor that has been imparted into my brew. The water from the tap here is very mineral/metallic flavor laden. I guess my pallette has become sensitized to this as I only drink bottled/filtered water (and a hell of a lot of it)
I really dont know what I was thinking when I decided to just get lax and stop taking the extra effort to use bottled/filtered water for my brews. I mean, the first ones that I produced were tasty as all getout. (Even though some were what I would consider the not gonna brew agains as this latest batch is) But they were delicious nonetheless - cause I used the bottled/filtered water.
The water makes all of the difference in the world... Something so simple, that has totally affected my end product.
Forget about ferm temps, and not properly conditioning etc - GIGO.
Garbage in = Garbage out.
Unfortunately I dont think that any amount of time will heal a boo boo of this magnitude.
Oh well, VALUABLE lesson learned