OK, I have brewed many extract batches, 4 PM's, and now am on my 4th AG. I am anal about using Oxi-Clean for cleaning, hot rinsed, then Star-San for sanitation and a hot rinse.
I bought an Austin Homebrew Supply kit for a clone of McTarnahan's amber. After mashing, the color was very
dark... looked like a porter I am drinking now! I just transferred to a secondary, and tasted the Hydro-sample and it was awful. Tasted like band-aid's.
My questions are, could this be the peated malt? Am I mistaking the taste of this grain with medicinal/band-aid flavors? If it is not the peated malt, is there anything that can be done to save it? It smells excellent, but tastes bad.
10.5 lb 2-row
1/2 oz Peated Malt
1/2 oz Black Roasted Barley
hops were Chinook and Cascade per recipe.
Wyeast Northwest Ale 1332
mash at 150F for 60 min, batch sparge w/175F water, boil volume 6gal, boiled for 60min, ended with 5.25 gal w/ OG 1.056 (recipe called for 1.055). Cooled in 30 minutes to 68F, pitched swelled yeast, rigorous fermentation for 3 days.
transfer to secondary, SG 1.020 after 7 days fermentation, low activity on bubbler. FG called for is 1.014.
Then the sample taste test....
Thanks for your help!