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Old 09-22-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
bro_namath87
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So I tasted a beer after 4 weeks in the bottle and it tasted and smelled like latex. It was a mr. beer english brown ale kit. It was my first batch using a new plastic fermenter. I am thinking it may have acquired the taste from the new plastic and the fermenter wasn't "aged". Anyone have any ideas or similar experiences? By the way, other than the latex it tastes great!



 
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:51 AM   #2
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correction: it was a brewer's best english brown ale kit (mini mash)



 
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:31 AM   #3
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Certain wild yeast infections are described as tasting medical plastic or Band-Aid-ey, and I've noticed a similar flavor in some of mine before. It sounds a lot like what you're experiencing. How was your sanitation?

 
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:16 PM   #4
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Did you use bleach as a sanitizer or use untreated tap water in your beer?

 
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:57 PM   #5
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i used iodophor to sanitize everything. I did however use untreated tap water (I have since started using treated water). Does this make that big of a difference? My fermentation didn't start after 72hrs so i went to the brew store and got some danstar nottingham yeast to jump-start it.

 
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:05 PM   #6
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What was your fermentation temperature? If you fermented too warm, that may have caused the "latex" or "band-aid" taste/smell.

 
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:15 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BADCL0WN View Post
What was your fermentation temperature? If you fermented too warm, that may have caused the "latex" or "band-aid" taste/smell.
Whatever the temp of my apartment was. ( Usually 70F)

 
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:38 PM   #8
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Most tap water is treated with either chlorine or chloramine which will both give bandaid flavors.

If you want to use tap water, I would look into treating it yourself. Chlorine can be boiled off but chloramine is a bit harder to get ride of. I found this thread with a quick search: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/chlo...emoval-183135/

I just use bottled spring water. It is relatively cheap and worth the investment to assure I get no off flavors from city water.

 
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:08 AM   #9
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I've been using one of those "zero water" pitcher filters that removes all disolved solids (including chlorine). It drastically improved the flavor of the tap water so im sure it will also improve the flavor of my next batch (getting ready to bottle it tomorrow). Thanks for the advice!

 
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:31 AM   #10
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Did your kit come with Nottingham? I've gotten a flavor that might be described as "latex-y" from it most of the time I've used it. I've since stopped, obviously.

-edit- I re-read the thread and see that you added Notty after.. Hmm..


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