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Old 01-18-2012, 04:16 AM   #1
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Well we just bottled our first batch of beer. It was a Witbier extract and Im not sure what the hell we did wrong. It smelled like a band aid and tasted like soap. Any ideas as to what we did wrong? We pitched a bit hot around 78 degrees and used local tap water with 1 step as the sanitizer.

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Old 01-18-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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I cannot guarantee you this is what's wrong, but "soapy" and "wet cardboard" flavors typically come from 1) poor sanitizing, or more often 2) aerating the beer too much upon bottling.
Did you move the beer while it was fermenting?
How did you fill your bottles?


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Old 01-18-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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What do you consider to much aerating? We may have moved it to the secondary a bit early (while still fermenting) and we used 1 step for sanitizing which Im not sure works that well but thats what we had. Other than that we have done the same exact thing on the second batch and it doesnt taste anything like it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:34 AM   #4
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Did you use bleach at all during any cleaning?
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:36 AM   #5
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Nope
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:46 AM   #6
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It could have been that snot-rocket you shot into your fermenter....

But in all seriousness, at what points did you aerate your wort? + at what temperatures was this done. When bottling, did you place your wand at the bottom or just siphon in from the top letting it splash into the bottle? If you give a more detailed description it might be easier to find the culprit. You also could have gotten extremely unlucky and got an infection through something that you couldn't necessarily prevent.

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Old 01-18-2012, 04:51 AM   #7
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No snot rockets and we used a syphon with wand and we put it in the bottom of the bottle and let it fill to the top and then pulled out and capped. We aerated the wort while it was a bit high, around 78 degrees. We were excited, LOL!
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:52 AM   #8
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We have came to the conclusion that its was a combination of the chlorine in the tap water, the temp of the yeast pitch and the sanitizer. Does that sound right?
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Maybe. If you drink your tap water, it's usually okay to brew with.
I'm not saying filtered isn't better.

If you pitched yeast below 80*, it should be okay. It would only ferment aggressively. That is, unless the yeast directions state to specifically pitch below 75*.

One-step sanitizer should not have played any negative role in this.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #10
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Your pitch temp was definitely a little high. How was your boil? Did you get a really good roiling boil. My first batch sounds alot like yours and it tasted like dirty socks. I determined it was my boil. From there I always used two burners on the stove and got alot stronger boil and alot better beer.


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