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Title: Salty beer?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 29, 2011, 09:07:49 PM
I just heard that my beer taste salty.
I am aware of sour, plasticky, green apple, corn... Taste descriptors.
I am not sure about that my beer left a salty aftertaste.
Anybody can help?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: beersk on August 29, 2011, 09:10:50 PM
The only time my beer has ever tasted salty is when I've used that useless pH stabilizer powder.  Otherwise, I'm not sure what could be causing it.  Do you make a lot of mineral additions to your water?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 29, 2011, 09:13:33 PM
Serve it over buttered pop corn?  :P

Seriously, do you add any minerals to your water? I was adding gypsum to my mash and stopped because I got some mineral character I didn't care for (even though I thought I needed it w/ my water profile). Cut it out and it was gone.

Just a stab.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: denny on August 29, 2011, 09:25:56 PM
Leos, how many salty comments have you had?  Is it possible that the person who said that is just wrong?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: tomsawyer on August 29, 2011, 09:27:54 PM
Could be that sour is mistaken for salty.  Or it could be a gose.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bluesman on August 29, 2011, 09:28:22 PM
Who was the souce of this claim and/or was there more than one claim?

A salty taste in water is usually due to the presence of naturally occurring sodium, magnesium, and/or potassium, each of which can be confirmed through a water test.

Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 29, 2011, 09:46:04 PM
This was first ever claim.
I adjust my water 60grams of calcium chloride and calcium sulfide (gypsum) for 180 gallons of finished wort.
I put it into the mash only.

Would Saaz be precived as salty?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: linenoiz on August 29, 2011, 09:47:14 PM
My dad, who is not a beer drinker, decided to try some of my IIPA a while back. He described it as salty. Nobody else thought that and I decided that his limited exposure turned a pound of hops into "salty" in his mind.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: tschmidlin on August 29, 2011, 09:50:38 PM
Did you have a lb of sugar in your recipe and use salt by mistake?  Did they pour the beer into a salty glass?

Does it taste salty to you?

I wouldn't worry about it.  It seems more likely that this person has a brain injury and thinks beer tastes salty than that saaz would be perceived as salty.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 29, 2011, 10:35:07 PM
It is Bo Pils. No sugar added at all :)

So far we sold 52 BBL (1612 Gallons) of beer (in 4 months) and this is first negative feedback.
May be that is why I am so worked up about it.

All other feedbacks are positive.

Thank you guys for help.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 29, 2011, 10:38:43 PM
Well, in that case, I wouldn't get too worked up about it. You will get negative feedback from time to time. especially from people who don;t know what the hell they are talking about. I was talking to a guy the other day who said he "didn't like any of the local beers". I asked him if he had had my IPA? No. My Belgian White? No. My Alt? .... maybe but not sure. WTF? The guy had never had ANY of my beers. Whatever dude. Go back to your Bud Light.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: morticaixavier on August 29, 2011, 10:40:37 PM
so you are running 12895 to 1 positive to negative in pints. pretty damn good. I know though it's the one negative that nags at you.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: EHall on August 30, 2011, 02:15:53 AM
Well, in that case, I wouldn't get too worked up about it. You will get negative feedback from time to time. especially from people who don;t know what the hell they are talking about. I was talking to a guy the other day who said he "didn't like any of the local beers". I asked him if he had had my IPA? No. My Belgian White? No. My Alt? .... maybe but not sure. WTF? The guy had never had ANY of my beers. Whatever dude. Go back to your Bud Light.

So you didnt do anything to convince/encourage/convert him?!
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 30, 2011, 02:22:16 AM
I invited him to my brewery, if he shows up that should be enough to convince/encourage/convert him. Assuming he likes my beer.  ;) I also shouldn't accuse the guy of drinking Bud Light. He was buying a double wide of Sutter Home at the time. ::)
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bo on August 30, 2011, 02:34:55 AM
I know where he's coming from. I always try and order local beer on tap from a bar, but there have been times that I've quickly switched to bottles or even BMC.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 30, 2011, 02:46:23 AM
I know where he's coming from. I always try and order local beer on tap from a bar, but there have been times that I've quickly switched to bottles or even BMC.

So, are you saying my beer is crap, and you know that for sure?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bo on August 30, 2011, 02:48:51 AM
Where did that come from. I don't know you or anything about your beer.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 30, 2011, 02:49:50 AM
I don't know, seems like you are making assumptions ... or trolling again.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bo on August 30, 2011, 02:52:53 AM
I make a general statement about drinking some bad beer and you assume that I'm referring to you?
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 30, 2011, 03:00:57 AM
I know where he's coming from. I always try and order local beer on tap from a bar, but there have been times that I've quickly switched to bottles or even BMC.

that was a general statement, eh? It wasn't pointed at all? Wow. I guess I just misinterpreted it.  ::)
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bo on August 30, 2011, 03:23:56 AM
I know where he's coming from. I always try and order local beer on tap from a bar, but there have been times that I've quickly switched to bottles or even BMC.

that was a general statement, eh? It wasn't pointed at all? Wow. I guess I just misinterpreted it.  ::)

Not a problem at all. I know how things can be misinterpreted on the web. Cheers.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: tonyp on August 30, 2011, 03:35:18 AM
I invited him to my brewery, if he shows up that should be enough to convince/encourage/convert him. Assuming he likes my beer.  ;) I also shouldn't accuse the guy of drinking Bud Light. He was buying a double wide of Sutter Home at the time. ::)

we affectionately refer to that as Stagger Home
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: bo on August 30, 2011, 03:42:33 AM
I invited him to my brewery, if he shows up that should be enough to convince/encourage/convert him. Assuming he likes my beer.  ;) I also shouldn't accuse the guy of drinking Bud Light. He was buying a double wide of Sutter Home at the time. ::)

we affectionately refer to that as Stagger Home

I've got to remember that one.  ;D
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: euge on August 30, 2011, 05:58:47 AM
Salty. Probably the guy didn't know how to articulate "bitter" or any other number of flavors. But I know about the negative comment bugging ya. One can have 99 people tell them what a badass job they're doing and then latch onto the single poor response. :-\
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: beersk on August 30, 2011, 12:48:02 PM
Salty. Probably the guy didn't know how to articulate "bitter" or any other number of flavors. But I know about the negative comment bugging ya. One can have 99 people tell them what a badass job they're doing and then latch onto the single poor response. :-\
I feel this same way about playing music live.  I have super high expectations for myself, so when I screw up, I can't help but think that every musician in the crowd notices.  And it's only them that notice too, usually.  Played a show on Saturday, crowd was way into it, but I played shaky in the first song, only a couple people maybe noticed at all, but still I can't get over it...fixated on the small, negatives...
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: narvin on August 30, 2011, 01:03:08 PM
So... does it taste salty to you?

I agree with major that a hoppy beer with high sulfate content can have a bit of a mineral-like taste.  Maybe this is what that guy is perceiving as salt.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 30, 2011, 06:52:07 PM
No it does not taste salty to me.

On the other side I do not have the most refined pallet ether.
I have been brewing with same water for more then 3 years with similar salt adjustments.
This is first "salty" feedback.
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: weithman5 on August 30, 2011, 07:48:02 PM
. Go back to your Bud Light.

oddly enough, when i drink bmc i will typically add salt to them.  of course, i salt, pepporoni, sausage, cheese....
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: beersk on August 30, 2011, 07:49:01 PM
If that's the case, Leos, I wouldn't worry about it.  It's one negative comment out of multitudes of positive comments.  Take it with a grain of salt.............Ho Ho Hoooooo!!!
Title: Re: Salty beer?
Post by: Kit B on August 30, 2011, 07:58:17 PM
. Go back to your Bud Light.

oddly enough, when i drink bmc i will typically add salt to them.  of course, i salt, pepporoni, sausage, cheese....

I was just about to ask...
Did he order it the way my father-in-law orders his beers...
With 3 olives & a dash of salt???
 ;D

Seriously, though...
With that good of a track record, I wouldn't let it bug ya.