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Questions tagged [off-flavor]

An undesired flavor in the final beer. The flavor may be undesirable in any style, such as soapiness, harsh astringency, or may be out of place in the style being brewed, such as fruitiness or diacetyl in a lager.

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Help identifying (and preventing) an off flavor

I have had a recurring off-flavor in my ales that I would like help identifying and preventing. The flavor is a yeasty flavor with some savory components. I have tasted it a few times in commercial ...
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What is causing an off flavor associated with yeast or trub?

I brewed a New England IPA and kegged it. The first few pours after moving around the keg come out very cloudy, with a few small leftover hop bits and likely some yeast in suspension. These pours ...
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A “Dusty” aftertaste in my beer

I have recently made a batch of pale ale malt and willamette SmaSh, I used a BIAB setup and "no chill"-ed it in a cube over night. I'm overall pleased with the final prodect, however it has a distinct ...
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“Debugging” a bitter DDH NEIPA

I brewed a DDH NEIPA recently and it was a great learning experience. I got the aromatics I was looking for but the flavor was bitter. The batch was bound to be wonky because of size limitations ...
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Beer has off flavor, sample taken while bottling tasted good

I brewed an IPA about 3 weeks ago. Everything went fine during fermentation and I've dropped a couple of hop pellets 4 days before bottling into the fermenter as I planned to do. When bottling ...
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What to do with my (accidently) sour saison?

I have recently made a batch of Saison that turned sour. I'm having a hard time pouring it all down the drain, I thought about using it for cooking but I don't know what sort of recipes to look for. ...
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Any way to deal with bitter taste from turbo yeast?

I had some turbo yeast left over, and figured I'd try make a couple litres of ginger beer (sugar, grated ginger, a little lime juice) and elderflower wine (sugar, elderflowers, lemon juice and zest) ...
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Do darker ales suffer less with choloramines/chlorophenols?

I have done many many brews with untreated local tap water, and I have only 3 times had an issue with chlorophenols. I now treat the tap water with 1 campden tablet/100l/20gl. But, revieing my records ...
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I'm suspecting high Diacetyl in my beer, is it safe to drink?

Today I tasted a new batch that was done priming, the beer has a distinct but mild butter after taste, so I'm suspecting high Diacetyl levels, is it still safe to drink? Or should I throw it all?
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How much time should I wait for Acetaldehyde to clean up before determining my beer has been infected

I have recently made an extract amber ale from a recipe kit, after primary fermentation was done I bottled my beer for priming, the beer had a strong sour smell than but after searching online I ...
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Will car/motorbike fumes affect beer fermentation?

I plan on brewing my beer and letting it ferment for 2 or so weeks in my garage. Unfortunately there are a lot of fumes (eg. From the car and motorbike) and I'm worried that the fumes may affect the ...
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Slight difference pre and post boil gravity

Long story short. Trying to understand my new set up, I made a mistake, I didn't check the post boil volume and also didn't have good rolling boil. The wort was boiling, but not so much. Simple grain ...
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Potential fat in wort, what's going to happen?

I had some bad luck the other day and half way through my boil a small but significant amount of water fell in my brew from my extractor fan. I haven't given the extractor a good clean in a while and ...
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Higher temperature during first two days after pitching yeast

I am brewing for the first time. It is a Chinook IPA. The yeast that came with the kit is Safale US-05. I brewed and pitched it on July 4th in the afternoon. The primary fermentation time is 2 weeks ...
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Soda: Fermentation dynamics and off-flavours

I came here not only to solve my off-flavour issue, but also to learn more about early stage of fermentation. I am making sodas (mostly Ginger Beer) which I am fermenting for carbonation. Everything ...
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Off flavors that seem to be related to carbonation drops

The last two batches I have brewed have been 1 gallon batches using carb drops. I have used these before a handful of times without issue but the last two seem over carbonated and leave a funny taste ...
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Bad food in the fridge! keep the hops or toss them?

Something went bad in my refrigerator. I had about 4 or 5 ounces of hops in there for my next couple of batches. Should I toss them? I'm kinda worried about that smell getting into my beer. I've ...
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Are there levels of infection in a beer or is it a case that it's either “infected” or “not infected”?

I am trying to understand the nature of infections in beer. I find it difficult to imagine ( considering there are wild yeasts and moulds and micro-organisms in the air - aren't there? ) a scenario ...
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How can I determine why some all-grain wort is cloudy and if I should do anything about it?

TL;DR How can I tell what this cloudiness in my wort is? will it cause off flavors? if so, how do I get rid of it? and most importantly, if this is a problem, how can I prevent this from happening ...
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Off flavours from unsanitized priming sugar

Quick question for the group: Will unsanitized priming tablets/sugar likely/surely cause off flavours after bottle conditioning - especially, a wet/slightly moldy towel aroma? I've been experiencing ...
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Off Flavors in all of my Homebrewing attempts

I'm pretty new to the homebrewing world, and so far I've done three 5 gallon batches. The first was a prebuilt kit (Pale Ale), the second was a recipe I concocted (IPA), and the third was a recipe I ...
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Unwanted yeast flavor last 2 brews (using starter)

The last 3 all grain batches I've done have been using US-05 (IPAs) or 04 (porter) with yeast starters, which I'm relatively new to. Not sure what I'm doing wrong but the IPAs taste so similar despite ...
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Lambic blend affecting beer in fridge?

I have a Wyeast smack pack of Lambic blend in my fridge that I bought a month ago before I understood the complexity of brewing a Lambic. I had it next to some beers that I have really enjoyed ...
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Green apple taste with beer that used bucket with lid with no gasket

I kegged a black porter, from an extract kit 4 days ago, it is still carbonating. It has a green apple taste to it. I let it sit in the primary for 7 weeks, a midwest supplies 6.5 gal bucket w/ a ...
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How to fix yeast smell in young wine from kit

I started my first attempt at fermenting this wine kit in mid-April. I followed the initial directions pretty meticulously which included stirring in the fermentation bucket daily (due to kit ...
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How would the first brew taste like ? If it goes well , and if it doesnt go well?

Out of curiosity, i just wanted to know how a home brew made of bakers yeast , good water(almost sweet) and barley malt taste like . would it be sweet or flat or fizzy or something else? At the same ...
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How do I remove the medicinal taste of vanilla extract in my beer?

I bought a natural vanilla extract (vanilla beans, alcohol, and water) to add to my beer at bottling time. I mixed it along with my carbing sugar and bottled. When I tried the beer for the first ...
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Where does the grape flavor/aroma come from in dark beers?

I did two different dark beers, a rauchbier and a imperial stout, and noticed a grape aroma and flavor in them. The fermentables that there're in common are: pilsen, flaked oats, caramalt and black ...
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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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Plastic Bucket - Primary & Dry Hopping

I will be brewing an IPA this weekend and fermenting in a bucket...so much easier to clean afterwards. Once fermentation is complete, I am going to dry hop for 7-10 days in the primary. That ...
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What can I do with beer ruined by Chlorophenols

I made some beer and it is not nice. Ruined by Chlorophenols. So... is there anything I can do with it to make it usable in some form? I know it will not be drinkable but heck if I could clean the ...
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Foul tasting ale

I recently took up home brewing as a hobby and brewed my first (small) batch of ale. It was a simple recipe- boil a litre of water with a LOT of sugar and some lemon juice let it cool pitch in the ...
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Sterilising tips?

More of an open-ended question really, I've been using Vin Classe Sterilising powder and find it hard to tell if my 25 litre fermenters are properly sterile, I've had a few issues with wine going off ...
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What might be causing a chlorine taste?

A recent batch of grain-brewed ordinary bitter had a pronounced chlorine or TCP flavour. I used the same water treatment that usually works - boil, campden tablets, stand overnight. The recipe was ...
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Fermentation - Lost cause?

I believe my first homebrew is a lost cause. I'm at 3 weeks, and each week I've done a gravity reading and a taste. The flavor has gotten increasingly sour(astringent) with each week. It's almost ...
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20% sugar, water and yeast brew smells awful quickly, how to fix?

I've got one complete, and one brewing batch of this "Alcotec Vodka Type Spirit" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alcotec-Vodka-Spirit-Alcohol-Moonshine/dp/B004LXZAUW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421024826&...
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Off-flavour after carbonation

I tasted the beer when it came out of the fermenter and it was great. I cooled it to 4 degrees then I racked it into the keg and force carbonated - about 1 minute at 300kPa, a good few minutes of ...
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Cherry/Cough syrup off flavor

my 7th batch is in first fermentation and I just tasted it after taking a gravity reading. It started at 1.092 and it's now 1.022 after 9 days. I noticed a strong cherry/cough syrup off flavor. Any ...
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Hop photoisomerization (light effect on transparent bottles)

Very little information can be found around internet about "photoisomerization" in beers. This is a chemical reaction on acids of hops if exposed to the light, such as in transparent bottles. I could ...
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Stout has acetaminophen (tylenol) aftertaste

TL;DR : My beer has an acetaminophen aftertaste, what could this be ? I brewed an espresso oatmeal Stout 4 months ago. It had a hard time carbonating and has an acrid/bitter (burnt? too much dark ...
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green apple esters recipes

So I was kindly given a Mr. Beer Kit recently. The gifter knew I brewed. I made it per the instructions (except I added honey in the wort to up the gravity a bit). It fermented a bit warm, and it came ...
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Remove smell from barrel

What is the best way to remove a faint disinfectant smell from my pressure barrel as its tainted the smell of my lager. I've tried white vinegar, chlorine my usual Sanitiser and just hit water but a ...
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Rye and sulfur (burnt rubber / skunk), how to explain the connection?

I've come to beleve that brewing with Rye often leads to undesired sulfur based 'burnt rubber' off-flavours. I'm pretty sure about it but I only have the following indirect evidence: have recently ...
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“Focus on Flavor” Column

I am trying to locate copies of a complete set of Scott Bickham's "Focus on Flavors" column in Brewing Techniques, which seems like it was a journal or magazine in the 1990s. The question is can ...
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Pitching Whole Starter vs Cold Crashing Effects on Taste

Earlier, I made a thread trying to find a reason for a yeast/green apple flavor in my beer.. After a lot of thought and poking around, I have an idea of why this is, but I wanted your opinions on ...
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Yeast/Green Apple Taste

I have homebrewed with family many times and never had problems, nor did I with my first batch on my own. The last couple, however, have had a yeasty/cidery/apple odor. Very strong. I doubt it is ...
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Off flavor/odor from cold break

On page 63 of Brewing Better Beer, Gordon Strong says, Some of the cold break material can actually help the yeast, but too much can contribute off-flavors. I can attest to both of these. A couple ...
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Are there any effects of boiling copper immersion chiller with wort?

I’m contemplating the use of a copper immersion chiller. Currently, doing partial batches, I’m able to cool my wort fairly quickly in an ice bath, then adding cooled water in the carboy. I’d like to ...
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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...
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How to improve freshness bottled beer?

I'm getting some sour flavors and off-aromas in my bottled beer when they have more of one month in bottle. When the beers are young, they taste really good with full aromas, but even if I stored all ...