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Old 07-10-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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OK, My bro and I have brewed about 6 ales so far and each time we have a funky after taste. The only way i can explain it is to say its a slightly chlorine or metallic taste. We thought at first it was because we were using an aluminum brew pot but since we changed to stainless its STILL there. we sanitize with Star-San but we dont let it dry (we just shake off the water). Using all Stainless spoons for mixing. Use glass carboys for fermentation. umm... I do keep a lid on the pot to start the boil but remove the lid once boiling starts. using purified bottled water, not spring or distilled. I don't know. The only thing we do know is that whatever it is were consistent cause its been there everytime. does anyone have any advice or suggestions? I hate to say this but its not fun when it dont turn out right we must get to the bottom of this lest we be forced to drink chloriney brew forever. Oh and its there whether we bottle or keg. THANKS!

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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What are your ferment temps? And are they consistent?
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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we consistently range from 68 to 72 degrees F.

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:59 PM   #4
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do you use tap water or spring
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:01 AM   #5
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purified bottled water. NO tap NO spring

 
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:02 AM   #6
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we consistently range from 68 to 72 degrees F.
If those are ambient temps, the beer in the fermenter can be up to ten degrees warmer or so. Many yeasts will start making nasty esters and such once they're pushed up beyond 70...

Also, are you using the same kind of yeast each time? If so, which one?
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:03 AM   #7
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As far as beer is concerned, 68 and 72 are a world apart. I'm not sure that ferment temps are your problem, buy I would do my best to not let it get over 70.

Have you tried a different brand of water? What does the water taste like out of the jug?
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:05 AM   #8
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that could be. our kit said 65 to 75 so perhaps... thanks

 
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:42 AM   #9
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What do you use to sanitize things?

 
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:57 PM   #10
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what do you mix your star-san up with? tap water? sometimes that can be enough if you have sanitizer getting in in small amounts repeatedly.....I use distilled water and can re-use it a couple times at least because it doesn't cloud up.

 
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