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Offline oscarvan

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Off flavor question....
« on: January 07, 2011, 11:51:11 PM »
My friend ( for real, no games ) brewed this Belgian wit from an extract with special grains kit. It's been in the bottle for 10 days +.
Everything is fine, except for the "nose". Initially there is this very brief whiff of what I can only describe as "septic system". Can anyone tell me what happened here?
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 12:26:51 AM »
Belgian yeasts can be funny.  I'd give it two weeks before I really evaluated it.
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 07:10:32 AM »
Yeasts can throw sulfur (actually hydrogen sulfide) smells.  I had this with a Belgian wit, it eventually mellowed to the point where I almost couldn't detect it.  At just a touch it can actually contribute positively to aroma.

Probably better to let it gas out in primary/secondary prior to bottling.
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 07:36:59 AM »
Witbiers sometimes include the use of bitter orange peel and I have found a "rotten" aroma and flavor sometimes when too much of the white inside part of the pith is included in the recipe.  It may be that.
I've taken to using a grater to zest only the outside skin of the citrus.
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2011, 09:21:27 AM »
I would let it sit in the bottle another week and see if it gets better.  As said before, belgian yeasts can be peculiar.

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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 10:18:46 AM »
Mine took more like a month or so to mellow, but it was at a level that you could pour and a lot of it would blow off and the beeer was drinkable.
Lennie
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 10:07:45 AM »
Oscar,

Bring it to the next meeting (Jan. 25th) and have some of the judges in the club taste/smell it.
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011, 08:49:00 AM »
Oscar,

Bring it to the next meeting (Jan. 25th) and have some of the judges in the club taste/smell it.

I suggested that to him.
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Re: Off flavor question....
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 09:33:55 PM »
Well, just got a very excited text from my friend saying he opened a bottle that was perfect. Now, I don't know whether that is representative of the batch, ie finally properly conditioned after 21 days, or whether there were problems with those other bottles...,

Either way I am glad he's happy.
Wooden Shoe Brew Works (not a commercial operation) Bethlehem, PA
http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/WSBW_All_grain_Setup.html
I brew WITH style..... not necessarily TO style.....