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Old 06-20-2008, 03:07 AM   #1
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I started brewing beer about 6 months ago. I have had 5or6 good beers from extract, but the last two that batches ( finally bought a wort chiller for these last two) have smelled horribly like bananas ( Honey ale, Phlat tire ). I believe that I possibly contaminated them after the boil because they fermented for a really long time. I love this new hobby, but am getting a little frustrated. Any encouraging words. I think I might need to start planning more and brewing on the weekend. We have to many people at the house everytime I brew and I think my eye is not on the prize!!!

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:09 AM   #2
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I'm relatively new at this too, but I know a little about this one.

My guesses would be esters caused by either not enough aeration before pitching the yeast, or the temp was too high during fermentation.

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:15 AM   #3
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At what temperature are you fermenting? It sounds like you're on the hot side.

For your next batch, try using a cooling method for your primary. A good method is simply a large tub of water, wrap a towel around the fermenter (make sure it's in the water) and have a fan blowing on it.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:58 AM   #4
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Agree with the too warm fermentation.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:59 AM   #5
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I am fermenting @ 70 degrees it never gets above 72......and as far as oxygen for the yeast, I pour the wort back in forth about 6 or seven times...could it come from not cooling it quick enough???

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:27 AM   #6
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Is 70 degree to hot to frement ales??? if so where do i need to put them. it is only 70 in my house and im in the DEEP south (neck deep)soo no alternate places...maybe a regulator on an old fridge??

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:41 AM   #7
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anyone got any suggestions

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:57 AM   #8
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If it is 70 in the house your beer is probably fermenting quite higher. Use the method bradsul was talking about. I do and mty beer never gets above 66*

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:20 AM   #9
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If it is 70 in the house your beer is probably fermenting quite higher.
Just for your information, yeast will produce heat. Thus the reason why your beer will be hotter than your house's temp. I just use the bathtub in our guest bathroom to keep the temps down, and follow what bradsul said.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:35 AM   #10
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Agreeeeeeed.

At 72 in your house, your beer is probabably around 77.

Aside from the method mentioned above, you can put it in a big cooler, or make a styrofoam box, and put a frozen water bottle in with it.
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