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Old 12-21-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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So, I'm hanging onto my last shred of hope here.....

About a month ago I brewed one of Austin Homebrews Session Ales, their Scotch Ale.

It started pretty well. I put it in my basement and after a week it was at 1.020 and remained there for awhile. During this time we had our usual cold snap and the temp dropped and all activity just stopped.

I consulted with AHB and my LHBS and added a brewbelt and re-pitched yeast. After a week it finally hit 1.014.

I kegged and let it carb up. The taste has a strong band-aid flavor to it.

The only thing I can think of was that the beer was advertised as being a 10-day turn-around. Since it ended up fermenting in colder conditions than it probably should I was forced to use a brew belt and re-pitch after a few days of the belt. It was about a month in total to get it where it needed to be to keg.

I'm assuming that the yeast was stressed and this is the result. Does this sound correct?

Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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I never advise throwing a beer away.

That said. I have thrown beer away. Beer that tasted like band aids. Held on to it with hopes of improvement but it eventually tasted like band aids that were ripped off of a batch of hemorrhoids. That's when I tossed it.

Not that I'm advocating dumping your beer.

 
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #3
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Did the water you brewed with have chlorine in it? tap water will usually contain chlorine or chloride, both of which can cause a band aid off flavor.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #4
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"Band-aid" means phenols from either stressed yeast or an infection. Either way, I've had bandaid clear up to be drinkable. Not great, but drinkable. I certainly wouldn't recommend dumping any sort of beer only one month after brewing.

Edit: or as azscoob pointed out, chloramines in the water can give a medicinal bandaidy off flavor. If you've brewed with the same water previously and not experienced it, though, I'd lean more on the side of stressed yeast or contamination.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:32 PM   #5
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"Band-aid" means phenols from either stressed yeast or an infection. Either way, I've had bandaid clear up to be drinkable. Not great, but drinkable. I certainly wouldn't recommend dumping any sort of beer only one month after brewing.

Edit: or as azscoob pointed out, chloramines in the water can give a medicinal bandaidy off flavor. If you've brewed with the same water previously and not experienced it, though, I'd lean more on the side of stressed yeast or contamination.
It's not the water. I've used the same tap water for all my beers and none of them has this taste to it.

So, as far as "clearing up" is concerned. Is this just something I need to sit on for a month or two or a decade for it to subside?
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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If I didn't need to use that keg again I'd just stick it in the corner and hope it clears up.

That said, I had band-aid flavor on one batch that I traced back to chlorophenols, that simply never went away. I kept the bottles for about 6-8 months and tried them every once in a while, but man they were nasty. In a last gasp effort I brought the rest to a party where they got consumed by a bunch of drunk people who normally drink BMC and thought they tasted great.

I changed my whole brewing process based on that experience so that I wouldn't get chlorophenols again.

 
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:43 PM   #7
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Never throw out beer...although I too have been guilty of this in my past.

Revvy has a great story for why you should never throw it out. Do a quick search.

If it is due to yeast stress, they will re-absorb most of the nasties they dump...just give them some time to do it.

Good luck.

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BTW: remember this and taste it periodically...when it turns out fine, you will have a story to tell some day.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:54 PM   #8
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Did it contain Smoked Peat malt? I discovered that this can sometimes throw what can be interpreted as bandaid flavors.

 
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:01 PM   #9
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In a last gasp effort I brought the rest to a party where they got consumed by a bunch of drunk people who normally drink BMC and thought they tasted great. .
thats how I get rid of my bad ones - never dump beer

 
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:39 PM   #10
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Some people just cant let go, at best your beer will probably only be slightly drinkable after many many months, I personally would throw away my beer to make space to brew new, really awesome beer

but if you have the space and bottles, I guess it cant hurt to hold on.

Ive dumped 10gal before

 
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