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Old 03-25-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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A Bock from a locally produced kit (Black Rock, New Zealand) has a funny feel/flavour I'm having trouble identifying...

I could best describe it as a bit like Tonic water, or maybe like Coke from Maccy D's when the post-mix syrup is running a bit low.

It didn't start off like that. After about 2 weeks in bottles, it seemed a bit maltier and fuller than it is now, at 6-8 weeks. It was bottle-stored at about 18-20c (68f), and was fermented (not at good lager temp!!!) at about 22-24c (73f). The FG was high at 1012. I used DME with the kit.

I'm serving it not too cold, half an hour or so in the fridge to chill it a bit.

What do you call that tonic-water taste? Any guesses on what's gone on there?

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Old 03-25-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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never heard of 'tonic water' off flavor...but then again i've only had tonic water with added Gin

what yeast was used? if it was a lager strain, brewed at ale temps, you'll get a different flavor in the end due to the stress on the yeast. might be phenols you're tasting, or esters, or Extract 'twang' (Yes, I believe in it).


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Let those beers chill for days...not hours.

It will make a big difference in how the carbonation "settles" into the beer.
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Right, I'll stick a couple in the fridge tonight and drink them the following night and see if it makes a diff. Thanks for that tip.

Of course, I guess if it tastes like tonic water, I could just add gin .
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Honestly, 48 hours is the minimum for chilling beer properly in my book.


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