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Old 04-07-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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I am a relative new brewer, about to start batch #7, which will be my first partial mash, and I have noticed a subtle, almost iodine-like off taste in the last couple of batches, especially in a Red Ale, which was batch # 3. Any one have an idea what that may be ? Better yet, how I can avoid it in the future ?


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Old 04-07-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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I don't know what iodine tastes like to help you out.

How to Brew covers some common off-flavors and their sources:

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

What's your sanitization like? Are you leaving behind some excess sanitizer that could be contributing to the taste?


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Old 04-07-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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I don't know what iodine tastes like to help you out.

How to Brew covers some common off-flavors and their sources:

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

What's your sanitization like? Are you leaving behind some excess sanitizer that could be contributing to the taste?

I would have to assume that it tastes like it smells. the first time that I noticed it, I used the iodine sanitizing solution, and had my kids (teens) wash the bottles. I assumed that they just didn't rinse properly, but I have been using bleach ever sinse, and still notice a faint off taste.
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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I would have to assume that it tastes like it smells. the first time that I noticed it, I used the iodine sanitizing solution, and had my kids (teens) wash the bottles. I assumed that they just didn't rinse properly, but I have been using bleach ever sinse, and still notice a faint off taste.
I use Idophor it is supposed to be no rinse I have nver had any off flavors, I cant see it being that. Does it taste like the vinyl tubing you transfer in?
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I use Idophor it is supposed to be no rinse I have nver had any off flavors, I cant see it being that. Does it taste like the vinyl tubing you transfer in?
I uses Iodophor as well and don't get any flavors either...What dillution are you using Kjung? The recomended is 1 tbs/5 gallons of water. If you used a different dillution, you COULD possibly be getting some flavors from it...That is if you are using Iodophor....
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I don't know if this will help, but here's another link on troubleshooting off flavors.

Iodophor should not be the cause - I use it all the time. As long as you use the recommended amount you should be fine.

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:18 PM   #7
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I only used Iodophor a couple of times, and have been using bleach ever since. I'm starting to think that I may have to change the tubing that I've been using.

The only other person to notice this off taste is my g/f. and that was only after I pointed it out, so maybe I am either too anal about my tastes (nahh...not possible), or just crazy(not the first time THAT accusation has been made !)
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If you have been using bleach on your last few batches I think that would've gotten rid of any excess iodophor, so either you are a imaging the flavor or it's coming from something other than the old iodophor.


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