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Old 03-16-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
Mar 2006
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I am new to home brewing, and it seems like by brew becomes very acidic or tastes a little like rubbing alchohol after I refridgerate it. I noticed this on my first batch, but I chalked it up to beginner's error. I just made a stout and it tasted great the first week after bottle fermentation was over, but the rest has been in the fridge for a week and the same thing is happening. I was really looking forward to the stout on St. Patty's Day.

Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? I am very carefull to sanitize and store correctly, at least I think so.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2006, 04:24 PM   #2
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Possibly you have a problem with fusel alcohols. These are generally due to high fermentation temperatures and/or leaving the batch on the trub too long. Go to and read chapter 21 on off-flavors and their causes.
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Old 03-16-2006, 04:26 PM   #3
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Also, I've heard that if drinking them gives you a wicked hangover, that's confirmation that you've got got a high fusel alcohol level.

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Old 03-16-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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How old was your beer when you noticed this? If it's still pretty young, it may improve greatly after a few weeks.

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Old 03-17-2006, 02:42 AM   #5
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I think it sounds more like an infection at bottling time. Things should get better in the bottle... not worse.
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