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Old 11-11-2007, 04:57 AM   #1
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Default What the...Soapy Apples....Huh?

I have been noticing lately a common undertone of what I can only describe as soapy apples. Not overt but definatley there. Melbourne has extreamly soft water which is good for lager and pilszner but I cant understand this recent change in taste. What might I be inadvertantly doing to cause this?


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Old 11-11-2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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Well, both soapy flavors and apple flavors can come from the yeast; this page lists them: http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

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Palmer's book has a section about common off tastes.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

Soap and Green Apples are both mentioned. Check it out.
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and just incase you haven't seen this yet:

http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

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Oh, and check this out, it might help:

http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html
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Extremely soft water can make rinsing all of the soap off of equipment difficult. My water in Oregon approaches the distilled level & I had to change my cleaning methods.

But, both apple & soap can be from the yeast.
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Blaine - a bit of a puzzler as the apple flavour is frequently from inadequate conditioning - ie racking too soon from primary and not allowing the yeast to clean up after themselves while soapy (assuming you are rinsing or not using a detergent) can be from autolysis and leaving your beer too long on the yeast.

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