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Seabee John

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I've done a fair amount of reading and a little bit of brewing (a dozen or so batches including a few AG) And I've often seen terminology like "off flavors" or "astringent" and the like used. So far I brew beer that falls into two categories 1. that worked... & 2. not so much... I know I've tasted "bad" before, but I don't really know what kind of "bad" it was. It's hard for a noob to know what he's tasting without having an experienced brewer there to point it out and say things like ... (that's a "HSA" off flavor) or (no off flavors here...you just suck at brewing!)

Here's a challenge: Label the bad flavor and then describe it so I've got something to compare my mistakes with.

It's either that or I get addresses and start fedex'n all over the place.
anyone help me out?
 

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Seabee John said:
It's either that or I get addresses and start fedex'n all over the place.
We'll ask you to do that only when you make good beers. ;)

I've frequently wished there was a good source of information like this. Maybe this thread will become that source.

I've only had one beer that I know was infected. And, oh my god, it was awful! I don't have the words to describe it fully. Here's a start though: sour like bad milk or vomit, and solventy like paint-thinner.

I was pretty drunk when I opened the beer and had been drinking a big IIPA. So my palate was kind of numb, thankfully. I only got one swig into my mouth before it came right back out. It was that horrible.

However, different infections will likely have different flavors and intensities.
 
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I'm lucky living where I do. I attended an off-flavor seminar at Oregon State. You might look around for BJCP classes, the seminar I went to was part of the BJCP class, but there were a few open slots, so let others buy their way in. I discovered there are some problems flavors/aromas I can't even detect.
 

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Damn I wish our Uni had more interest in brewing. Ice cream and Agriculture, yes, brewing (tmk) no. :(
 
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