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Elastoplast Off Flavour -I feel ready to quit homebrewing

Hello all, I am posting at a complete loss. I took up home brewing in Jan 2012, using BIAB, had over a year of great homebrew (11 or 12 batches), and considered myself to be quite a good brewer. Then something happened -I have been plagued by some sort of contamination, and by my reckoning have now ...

Well, I've found this thread after having dumped some new wort on top of a Fuller's WLP002 yeast cake, out of pure laziness. I've done it once before and it turned out well (the most vigorous fermentation I've ever seen). My problem is this; the first beer was an APA (about 35IBU from cascade and ci...

Hi, just thought I'd tie up this thread by saying that after the sour beer comments I brewed a beer with this mutated yeast -a quick partial mash batch of Wild Kölsch. I'm pretty pleasantly surprised with it; it's only Kölsch-like in that it's light & crisp -the flavour profile is dominated by sharp...

Thanks very much for the replies, I'll take your advice and get some fresh yeast! I think there may have been a poor seal on the jar I stored this in. I gave the starter a good sniff earlier, and it had a strong clove aroma, very Hefeweizen-like! Might just bung it in some pils & wheat wort! Much ap...

Well, both beers are now drinking, and there was no disaster with the hops. Both beers turned out well - the first was good and the second was great. In terms of the hops, the 'overhopped' beer #1 was fine; it had a crisp, punchy bitterness from the front-loaded additions. The 'correctly hopped' bee...

Well, I've re-brewed this beer, with the correct / intended hopping schedule, so will definitely be able to do a comparison. Also I couldn't resist tweaking the recipe slightly to include 5% CaraPils, hoping for some more non-fermentables & body. Tasted the fermented wort of beer #1 tonight whilst b...

Thanks, fingers crossed it tastes good. I was a bit worried about adding 26 IBU at 60', as I tend to normally save most of my hops for the final 10 minutes, for aroma over bitterness. BTW it's fermenting away like a beast! - I made a WLP023 starter - and it's krausening vigorously and smelling great.

Wowzer, impressive piece of kit!
I was also interested in PP's comments re substituting bittering hops. Think I'll get some cheap, high aa% hops for general bittering, then spend more on flavour/aroma additions. Money saving!

I've definitely started transferring more wort into the fermenter, not worrying about trub, just as Ziggy and Hashie suggested, so less wastage thanks! Have decided against no-chill at present (I kind of got stuck on how to transfer hot wort), and plan to buy a wort chiller instead. The outdoor burn...

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