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Old 05-27-2009, 05:18 AM   #1
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Default Funny taste to my beer.

Over the past few days, I have noticed a funky taste to a few of my beers. One will taste just perfect then the next one will taste kinda smokey. That is about the only way I can really describe the flavor.

For example, I just tried an IPA. 2 nights ago it was perfect, great bitterness, carbonation, the hole shebang. Then tonight I had one and it had the funny smokey flavor to it with little to no bitterness.

Is this oxidation? I guess it is metallic flavor but not really. This was the first batch that I used the bottling wand with, could that be the problem?
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:03 AM   #2
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If it's only happening with some of your beers, but not all of them, I'd hazard a guess as to it's your bottles that are the culprit. If it's a brewing practice or or poor sanitation in your carboy (or bottling wand) it'll happen to all the bottles, not just some of them.

I can't say I've ever had smoky as an off flavor, but here's a good list of beer off flavors.
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I've noticed big differences in the flavor of beer (both mine and commercial) depending on what I just ate or drank. Two different flavors on two different nights might be due to what you had before or with the beer.
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I'm going to say it is my sanitizing method on my bottles. I am not a freak about sanitizing so I am going to start with that.

All of the common off flavors don't really describe the taste. Bitterness does not exist, not soapy, just smokey type flavor, I did not scortch extract either. I'm just at a loss.
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Funny taste? Is it an IPA Clown or a clone??

What was your starting and finishing boil water quantity?

How much water loss did you have in the boil?

My guess is you may have carmelized your malt some.
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