« on: February 12, 2010, 01:34:49 PM »
I'm a new homebrewer, working with ingredient kits from a reputable brew shop (The Beverage People in Santa Rosa, CA), but so far both of my first two batches have an off taste.
The first batch was an American lager, which I thought was perhaps skunked because I didn't thoroughly enough clean my new equipment. Since it was my first batch, I figured it wasn't surprisingly that I might do something wrong.
I'm just transferring the second batch, a Belgian Strong Ale, from the primary fermenter to the secondary fermenter. I tasted it and, is seems to already have a similarly off taste -- something along the lines of an overly-yeasty, slightly metallic taste. Because I followed the recipe exactly, cleaned the equipment meticulously and worked with pre-measured ingredients, I just can't figure out what I could be doing wrong. It's possible that after the 2nd fermenter and bottling, it will taste alright.
I'm working with Papazian's book, but troubleshooting's difficult. I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts about what might be happening here.
Thanks so much in advance.