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Old 06-10-2012, 03:21 AM   #1
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my last several batches have had a clove flavor in the background. What is the culprit?


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Old 06-10-2012, 03:28 AM   #2
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Besides the vagueness of the question, (My computer is messed up, this thingy keeps happening and I don't know whats causing it).

The answer: Yeast

Which yeast were you using? What type of beer was it? What types of malt did you use? These are all questions that can give you more specific answers.


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Old 06-10-2012, 03:33 AM   #3
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Also could be chlorine or chloromines in your water. Was a big deal when I started and took me a while to nail it.
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/last...cloves-313018/

According to this other post you started in March with a similar title, it appears that the main culprit would be the yeast or the lack of fermentation temperature control. You never mentioned the type of yeast you were using in the previous thread.
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safeale s-05 yeast no temp control yet (have controller but no fridge )

fermentation temps have hovered round 68-71
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o yea plae ales and cream ales tasted of clove IPA's all fine. tap water tastes great...
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Sounds more like chlorine or chloramine in the brewing water, as that is the most common cause of chlorophenols.
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ok i will try RO water on the next one
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4-Ethylguaiacol, which is the phenolic compound that we associate with the clove aroma in beer, can be produced by Saccharomyces (particularly in wheat strains), but is often a product of Brettanomyces.

Could be an intrusion of native yeast?
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whenever i get clove flavors in my beer, it's usually due to fermenting at a high temperature or over pitching my yeast.

a ferm temp ranging from 68-71 doesn't seem too menacing for clove flavors to come out, but you may experience it slightly.

what size batches are you brewing?


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