- posted 12 years ago
Hello all! I started brewing about a year ago and have only had 2 good batches out of my 7 attmepts. Both were good batches were after buying new fermenters. So, I assume Cleaning is my issue.
But what doesn't make sense is Why? I clean my hands and arms well before starting like a doctor scrubbing up. Then I use a clorinated cleaner or Iodine to make sure my equipment is clean. Then I rinse it well several time with tap water (I have been told by other brewers in the area that our tap water is excelent for brewing). Then I use One Step and do not rinse, just like the directions say.
Then on to brewing. NO ONE stands over the pot or breaths on the beer. It is covered with an electric thermometer in it to keep the boil temp right. I then cool the wert by emersing the pot in cold water in the sink and adding ice. I then pump the beer into the primary fermenter (Also cleaned with the above process just before brewing). at 1 week, I do the same cleaning and move to a secondary fermenter. I make sure my fermentation temp is within range at all times.
On bottling day, I clean my bottling bucket and flush all my bottles with one step. I then taste the beer. Tastes terrible.. Like plastic or a bitter medicin. A Harsh, soapy taste.. I go ahead and bottle anyway hoping it is just the priming sugars making it taste like that. Come the 2 week period, I have a terrible tasting drink that will make your gut hurt with just a few sips..
Any thoughts anyone? Is it possible to be TO carefull cleaning or clean too much?
Thanks for all your help.. I'm ready to give up but trying one last call for help!