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Old 12-03-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default IPA tastes like soap

Hello. I am brewing an IPA for the first time. After 7days in the primary fermenter I tasted the batch like I have done many times before transfering to my secondary. This batch tasted like soap.. is this normal? If not anyway to fix?

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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I think I have heard certain hops can lead a soapy flavor. What hops are in your IPA?


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Old 12-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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It's really early too, let it age a little and see if the flavor goes away.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Hops used are as followed:

3/4 oz yakima magnum
1oz amarillo
2oz cascade
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #5
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I'd really give it a day or so and try again. There is a commercial IPA that I really like. A few times I've had it I thought the soap thing and wondered if it was no good. Then after a day or so I would get another from the same six pack and love it. It may have something to do with your palate. My not be the right answer but I've had it happen to me.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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HERE is a good article.. it may help with an answer.. but, maybe not with a solution for this batch. Time will tell if this one changes.. and I hope it does. Tossing a batch is the last thing I'd want
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That article attributes a soapy taste to autolyosis. I very much doubt that is the problem here.
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The article points to possibly using old yeast and insufficient aeration. Read the first few paragraphs. It appears autolysis can occur from this as well as the more common reason of letting the beer sit on the yeast for too long a period.
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I used new yeast and it only sat in the primary for 7 days. I think it may be an age thing.. the only other thing I can think of is something that came on contact with the cooled wort.. we will see after it sits on the secondary for a few weeks..
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I'd give it some time. My wife (more sensitive to such nuances than me) picks up a soap character from many IPA's.


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