I've read over homebrew off-flavors
but just don't have the imagination to link what I taste and what I read.
Here's my problem:
I've got ~5 gallons of pumpkin ale in my keg that I like but not 5 gallons worth to drink weekend after weekend (gonna bottle some of this to give away). I have no issues with the craftsmanship (DME) but just need something more normal most of the time.
My other keg (only 2 to my keggerator) is a Brewers Best American Micro Style Pale Ale. This is my second one I made and while the 1st was perfect my second batch has issues. I tried to mimic the brew process (add 1/2 of the LME at 1 hr and the 2nd half at 15 min). There's an off taste that I cannot accurately describe but a certain bitterness (not hoppy, something else) that I do not care for. It reminds me of the first batch I brewed that was the pre-hopped extract. Astringency could be it but I'm not sure.
I'm wondering if my thermometer is not accurate and I'm steeping too hot or if it's just LME issues.
I think I'm just venting. I plan on brewing an IPA this week with DME and use two thermometers for comparison and make sure the temp does not exceed 165 while I steep. That is unless someone here can read minds and tell me what I'm doing wrong to correct it