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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 18, 2015, 07:01:45 AM »
So should I assume an infection and use iodophor one time? Or should I just carry on use the RO water?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 02:32:45 PM »
^Why's that?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 01:58:34 PM »
Haha yeah, not sure how I didn't see these growler fill adapters before.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 10:13:29 AM »
Are you using Star San as your only sanitizer?  Star San does not kill wild yeast.

Yes...outside of some grain dust somehow getting into my fermenter or keg, I've never used a wild strain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 08:57:22 AM »
Bottle one from the tap and leave it at room temp for a few weeks, then open and taste it.  That'll tell you if you need to clean your lines.  I've had some issues with that in the past for comps.


The lines would surprise me, I splurged for the EJ Beverage silver lined, titanium and platinum lines. Additionally, I haven't had beer running through them that long. I do run hot PBW followed by clean water through the lines each time I switch out the kegs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:34:40 AM »
Maybe you should send the same beer to a second contest. See if different judges detect the same taste issue before you fix a phantom that you can't taste.

Also, could you have a packaging problem? Beer can change between bottling day and contest day.

Perhaps...I packaged the same as the other beer. It was a mess though, I was jury rigging some silicone tubing onto my Perlick taps and it kept shooting the tubing off. I need a better system at some point!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:05:08 AM »
I can't be certain, but I believe I used the same water setup for my IPA that scored a 37. Maybe the hops (Zombie Dust clone) dominated that one so they didn't pick anything up? The low scorer was a SN Pale Ale clone.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:03:18 AM »
Are you treating your tap water for chloramine/chlorine?  Does your filter eliminate that totally?

You know I want to say it does, although for this purpose I bypass the water softener and run it through a Brita filter. Maybe it doesn't. I may just stick with R/O for now or donate another $30 to Ward Labs!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:59:29 AM »
Just added that ^

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Homebrew Competitions / Non BJCP Judging
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:57:02 AM »
Is it commonplace to have non-BJCP judges judging at competitions?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:56:02 AM »
Hi strangers! It's been a busy time around the house with the newborn and no homebrewing consequently. I did get some scores back from a recent competition where I scored a 25  :o and a 37 (IPA that made it to the second round).

The Pale Ale that got terrible marks had numerous remarks around a phenolic off flavor (smoky/plastic). Two score sheets said the same thing (although I've been told judges score together so perhaps they influence each other).

While I'm not the best taster, I don't get this flavor at all. What is usually the main culprit for this off-flavor? I don't think my equipment or sanitation would be to blame as I've used the same stuff for other entries. Regarding my water (I saw notes about checking for chlorine), I only use RO/ Distilled and a mixture of filtered tap.

Yeast- WLP001 w/ starter
Mashed at 153, normally my sparge water is around 185 or so.

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The Pub / Re: Mr. Robot
« on: August 02, 2015, 04:48:14 PM »

Justin, you really like this show.


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^please welcome Matt to the forums! A local guy I know all too well. 

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The Pub / Re: Mr. Robot
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:18:33 AM »
Yeah I am really enjoying it. Also, I want to be a hacker now.

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The Pub / Mr. Robot
« on: July 30, 2015, 06:50:27 AM »
Anyone watching the show? Really incredible IMO. Free to watch on USA online or on demand if you have that.

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The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:25:28 PM »
You know I tried to love this book and thought it was simply too technically detailed to be an enjoyable novel. Page after page about the dirt and the potatoes.

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