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Old 01-28-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default That "band-aid" taste

Brewed my second batch. It was an english IPA. And it's got the "band-aid" aftertaste to it !! I know I read somewhere that this is a common mistake and very correctable but I can't seem to find it anywhere !! What did I do wrong?


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Old 01-28-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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It could be due to chlorine (from chlorinated water or water with chloramines.) You can boil tap water and cool for your brewing needs if it is chlorinated. If it is treated with chloramines, you need to add a campden tablet or potassium metabisulfite to the water before using for brewing. Or you can use bottled water or spring water.

I think this is the most common source of band-aid taste. Some bacterial infections can cause this also.


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You can also use a carbon filter on your tap, like Pur or Brita to remove chlorine and cloramine.
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http://www.homebrewzone.com/off-flavors.htm

check this site. it will tell you where you went wrong, possibly
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After reading about this and going over my notes I's have to say I didn't rinse my bottling bucket well enough. And I really don't remember if I rinsed the syphon hose after sanitizing. Lesson learned !!
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After reading about this and going over my notes I's have to say I didn't rinse my bottling bucket well enough. And I really don't remember if I rinsed the syphon hose after sanitizing. Lesson learned !!
Do you sanitize with bleach?
Keep the bleach away from your equipment! Even with through rinsing it can lead to off flavors. Get a good no-rinse sanitizer like starsan and use that
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You can also use a carbon filter on your tap, like Pur or Brita to remove chlorine and cloramine.
Only granular activated carbon can remove chloramines and I believe even then the efficiency of removal is not very high. Campden is a much easier option, IMO.
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After reading about this and going over my notes I's have to say I didn't rinse my bottling bucket well enough. And I really don't remember if I rinsed the syphon hose after sanitizing. Lesson learned !!
Thanks for posting. I just opened a bottle of English IPA that I brewed about two months back when I first started brewing and had the same band aid aftertaste! I have had several bottles form this batch previously and do not recall having this flavor. I recall that I soaked the beer bottles in a solution of bleach overnight to remove the labels and then ran them through the dishwasher a couple days later to include the sanitizing cycle. I am hoping that this is just one or two bottles that somehow didn't get all the bleach out. I don't like the thought of throwing out the whole batch. Would the dishwasher be strong enough to remove the bleach for the initial washing? Or am I looking in the wrong area for the cause?
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If you rinse after sanitizing you are re- contaminating your equipment.
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What was the ambient temperature during fermentation? Fermenting at too high of temps, which is a common mistake among first-time homebrewers, can lead to phenolic band-aid like compounds.


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