Using mostly bottled water and some filtered tap water. The smell is nothing clove like and maybe a little close to a band aid (haven't smelled one of those in a while). I sanitize with Star San.
I have two beers with this smell. One was batch #3 done long ago and the other #5, which was racked to a secondary and dry hopped. I also did a batch #6 Ale that was poorly racked into the secondary before dry hopping, but this beer has held up excellent with no strange smell (yet). When racking that beer to secondary, the hoses were loose (or something) and it kept sucking in air and making gurgling sounds. The bottling didn't go much better, but anyway, that has been the best beer so far.
So anyway, it's interesting and I need to probably take a few notes or two and find out more what is happening. Homebrewing has made me notice strange smells while judgmentally smelling beers for the first time.
What's the money like in beer sniffing?
Thanks for the help,