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Old 05-04-2008, 10:36 PM   #11
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If you have municipal water, look on the water bill for the name of the provider, and google provider name water quality.
If you have well water, try http://www.wardlab.com/ you want test w6 which costs $16.50


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Old 05-04-2008, 10:47 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by enohcs View Post
Why does homebrew taste like homebrew? Everything I brew, IPA, Brown, Blonde, they all have a homebrew flavor about them. I don't know what it is, or how to describe it, but it's there. Ya know what I'm talking about? Why is it there? Is there anything I can do to eliminate it?
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What is the best way to go about getting a water profile done?
One thing you can do first is find out what's in your water. Enochs, if you get your water from Aurora water, here's a water quality report from Aurora Water for 2006. It's a bit old, but should give you a good idea of your water profile.

9/9, you should be able to get the same thing, unless you're on well water. Contact your water utility and ask for the most recent water quality report. They are required to produce these reports for customers. You probably threw one out with your junk mail in the last year.

I'm no water expert (yet), but I can tell you that I don't get that "homebrew flavor" from all of my beers (I'm on Denver water). When I do get it, I find that it's usually something I did in my process, like underpitching or underaerating.

One way to tell is to do a batch with different water, like Deep Rock or something from your grocery store. If the "homebrew flavor" disappears, then it might be something in your water. The guys over at The Brew Hut might be able to diagnose your flavor too. I'm sure they'd be happy to taste one of your brews and give an opinion.

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Old 05-04-2008, 10:47 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by ajf View Post
If you have municipal water, look on the water bill for the name of the provider, and google provider name water quality.
If you have well water, try http://www.wardlab.com/ you want test w6 which costs $16.50

Okay, that part done, what should I actually be looking for in the report? What factors are the important ones?
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:07 PM   #14
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Here's the best break down I've seen of the important elements in brewing water...


It's written in plain english, not chemical terminology.



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Old 05-04-2008, 11:25 PM   #15
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One often overlooked cause of a "homebrew" taste is inadequate time conditioning the beer. We are all guilty of wanting to drink our beer way too soon. Most beers really improve with age so I highly recommend brewing alot quickly to get a stock in place so you can give your beers time to mature. This does of course mean your sanitation must be meticulous.


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Old 05-04-2008, 11:54 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MikeFlynn74 View Post
Dont use distilled water- You need some minerals in the water for a better flavor
Well, I DID tell him to add minerals to the distilled water. Many people do that.

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Old 05-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #17
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When i started brewing i was convinced that there was a "Homebrew taste." Then after making several more batches,Me improving and tasting other "homebrewed" beer from other brewers from the area I learned that it wasnt a homebrew thing. It was actually me brewing a subpar beer thing. Taste some beer from some of your experienced local homebrewers and talk to them to gain more experience.

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Old 05-05-2008, 06:30 AM   #18
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I attribute it to having a "house flavor" and leave it at that.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:58 PM   #19
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Ok I don't really know what the Homebrew taste is. Can someone give me an explanation? Is there any links or sources that I could read that kind of give a breakdown of different flavors or "off flavors".

I did my AG a few weeks ago and I tasted it during tranfer and stuff and it tasted pretty damn good, it did have an almost nutty to slight vanilla like after taste to it. Whats that? I didn't mind it. I guess since I'm just starting I want to know what flavors I taste are good and bad indicaters of green beer, water, sanitation (all though my sanitation practices are very good), Stressed yeast , etc... Just an anxious newb I guess. I have done extracts for about a year before my first all grain a few weeks ago. Any info would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 05-05-2008, 03:42 PM   #20
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My brewing is all closed system now. That means the beer never is exposed to anything but sanitized containers purged with CO2 and sanitized tubing. I do not drink beers that have not finished aging either. I do sample them to see how they are coming along though. Beers made with lots of adjuncts do take longer to age. Big beer also takes longer. I have made black beer - Schwarzbier (German Lager) that tasted best after 2.5 months of age so I believe in aging to finish the conditioning process. If you seldom let your ales age past 1 month you may think that you are tasting a home made beer and saying to your self "How do these other guys make their beer taste so good?". The answer is focusing on being very sanitary and aging.

You have to make enough beer to understand how long to age but generally it is over 1 month for ales at 65F and 2 months for Lagers at <53F is the minimum for me. Lagers are only smoother than ales if aged at the correct temperature and for a long enough time. Some would say that it is not worth it but they have never given their lagers the care and time they need to become what a lager should be. Having a temperature controlled cooler that is large enough is a must for trouble free brewing.

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