Venari wrote:The first batch tasted like somebody had poured red wine into the fermentor with the wort. After a few weeks of bottle conditioning, these bottles turned into gushers when opened.
Second batch simply tasted sour. These also became gushers.
Straight tap water is the source. I haven't done anything to the water, so whatever Ottawa's putting in the water, that's now in the beer.
The taste you mention was before or after bottling?
I agree with Warthaug. That's why I mentioned the yeast water and the siphon. I make sure that everything is covered so the nasties do not fall into the batch. I even cover the bucket with a lid when transferring.
I also use the pink powder to clean my equipment. I just give it a good long soak and then a good rinse. Then the starsan is used.
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Are you bottling using a dedicated bottling bucket? If so, that may be the source of your issues.
The white bucket seen above also doubles as the bottling bucket. The boiled sugar water for batch priming always goes in there after it's cooled, and the wort racked on top as gently as can be done. Then I use the racking cane with bottling wand to siphon/bottle from there.
I've always known the issue lies pre-bottling. I've mentioned in other posts/threads that the taste is always off after primary, but before bottling.
Next batch will have a covered yeast re-hydration, as suggested.
I'll have a look around for the MoB page/thread/FB Group to see if I can't get in on it
Just mildly curious if maybe there is nothing at all wrong with your brew and you simply do not like the flavour.
You really do have to do something pretty wrong to get infections, beer wants to be beer.
I gave a sample of these bad batches to OttawaBrewer, and he said it wasn't how it was supposed to be.
If upgrading my gear didn't cost so much, I'd probably move to BIAB or AG brewing.
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I have given some of mine to locals around here that brew all grains, even some guys that run their own brewery, and they came back to me and thought that I hadn't moved to all grain brewing yet....I said I hadn't.
Big, big, big difference with fresh LME, specialty grains and adding hops. And really, all you need for a 5gal batch is a propane burner and a large enough kettle, if you don't already have one.
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