I am exploring what in my process could have possibly caused this flaw, but it is likely old yeast propogated in a starter and then pitched, as this has not happened to me ever before.

What I am trying to figure out, is if flavor additions (and cold serving temp) made to the beer after it has already been kegged could mask this flaw adequately for a weekend's worth of consumption (Labor Day party).

Here are the stats:

-Jamil's American Wheat with the rye addition (50% 2-row, 30% white wheat, 20% rye)

-1.056 OG, 1.008 FG, hopped with centennial and amarillo; US-05

-since primary, the beer has had a band-aid aroma (again, this question does not contemplate how this happened)...my wife likened the early flavor to dirty dishwater

-tried zesting 2 oranges, one lemon, boiling zest in 2 cups water, straining, cooling, and pitching into keg. After 24 hours, this seemed to dissipate the flavor. Also, I have 2oz of Amarillos in a muslin bag in the keg.

-tonight, I may try adding more 'zest extract' to help out the front end of this beer's taste.

-is it possible to salvage? If I ruin it further, I have a fermenter of California Common on deck that I can keg up.

  • after a taste (it still seems somewhat band-aidy), zested two oranges, one lemon, boiled zest, strained, added zest water (boiled with irish moss, cooled) and zest itself in a muslin bag. Unsure if its salvageable, but I'm going to the mattresses at this point.
    – Pietro
    Commented Aug 29, 2012 at 1:34
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    Sometimes you get unlucky in brewing, and "band aid" beer is pretty much unfixable in my opinion. Its such a weird & distinct flavor that you are going to have to overboard to cover it up. Having said that, there's no reason not to try even more spice at this point.
    – GHP
    Commented Aug 29, 2012 at 12:34
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    Have a party and bring it out when your friends have had a few already :)
    – paul
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 17:48
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    just tasted this and it turned out great! can still slightly perceive the phenol, but this masked the flavor very well. Now it actually has a good aroma!
    – Pietro
    Commented Sep 16, 2012 at 19:07
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    what was it that you did that worked - please add an answer so others can benefit. Thanks.
    – mdma
    Commented Oct 5, 2012 at 22:36

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Answering my own. Conducted a secondary fermentation with 5lbs of dried apricots (heated to 170 then cooled in some water) after every other adjunct didn't have much of an impact. The beer now has another flavor component and is a bit more enjoyable to drink, however, my wife still perceives the band-aid (and I can too, but her palette is a bit more sensitive).

If a beer has a flavor component, including an off-flavor, it will likely stay with it. Fusel alcohols can oxidize and become a bit more pleasant, sometimes acetaldehyde can dissipate, but for the most part, they are there to stay. This particular phenol certainly is. The key to making a good fruit beer is to MAKE A GOOD BEER...then add fruit to it.

So, long story short, if you have a flaw, you can add additional flavors to mask it, but it is beyond me how to get rid of it. Maybe some apricot extract IN ADDITION to the secondary fermentation would have helped. Though then again, maybe its just best to dump it sometimes....

  • you can't get rid of it once you get it - at least not this one. Are you aware what caused "band aid"?
    – uSlackr
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 20:14

Some wild yeasts produce "band aid" aromas. I suspect that the yeast you used had some wild yeast mixed in. Did you smell the starter before you pitched it? If that had an off aroma, your whole batch will have the same problem. I always have some dry yeast on hand in case my starter smells off.


In 2014, I brewed an Olde Ale added Edinburgh yeast and Brett C. WLP645. Brewed another Olde Ale recently and did a 100% Brett fermentation with WLP645. Both had bandaid flavor which I have never had in any other beers. So my conclusion is Brett C. is the cause of my bandaid flavor.

  • If you added lacto and Pedeo bacteria to a beer with bandaid flavor would the bacteria consume the bandaid phenol
    – Gregg
    Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 22:48
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    Hi @Gregg I think your comment gets closer to answering the question as asked then your answer itself. The right way to go about including that information would be to edit your answer to include that content. After you've updated the answer you can then delete the comment since it will be redundant at that point.
    – thesquaregroot
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 14:55

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