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Old 01-05-2013, 03:18 AM   #1
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The last couple batches I have brewed have had a very bitter almost medicinal aftertaste on the back of the tongue. I have been doing a lot of reading and getting some mixed messages as to the cause and therefore solution to the issue. Is the problem sanitation, oxidation, water chlorine, etc.??? Help me!!


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Old 01-06-2013, 07:17 AM   #2
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Welcome, good to have ya. Thermometers jack everything up, make sure your's is on the money. Make sure your yeast is new and use a lot of it. Can you tell me about how you brew? Is their any point rules are broken?


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Welcome, good to have ya. Thermometers jack everything up, make sure your's is on the money. Make sure your yeast is new and use a lot of it. Can you tell me about how you brew? Is their any point rules are broken?
At the moment I brew with extract. I would love to make the plunge into all grain but I'd like to dial in the fermentation process before investing the added time/money. I'm no sure what you mean as far as breaking rules.
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For example, most kits give instructions, like steep the bag of grains under 170F for 30min. Or they say to use a carboy buy all you have is a big pot. What I'm not doing a good job of asking is, are you flowing the instructions? or improvising?
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For example, most kits give instructions, like steep the bag of grains under 170F for 30min. Or they say to use a carboy buy all you have is a big pot. What I'm not doing a good job of asking is, are you flowing the instructions? or improvising?
No, for the most part I follow the instructions. I just pulled the dry hop off an IPA I made and tasted a sample. It was spot on. I used distilled water instead of tap so I have to believe that that was my main issue, hopefully anyway.
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Chloraphenols from chlorine can cause all kinds of strange off flavors from cloves to medicinal to burnt plastic. Use campden tablets.


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