So you brew your own beer and you are finding that your beer tastes like something you would wash your dishes with or something that came out of your trash. There are a number of things that could be wrong with your beer and in this three part article series you are going to find out what some of those problems might be.
1) Problem: Your beer tastes/smells like soap
Causes: You are fermenting your beer too long and will create a soap taste
Solution: If you plan on aging your beer you can transfer it into a secondary fermenter and you can solve the problem.
2) Problem: Your beer tastes/smells skunky
Causes: When your hops are exposed to sunlight your beer will get that skunky taste that you are trying to avoid
Solution: Do not ferment your beer in a clear container and if you do make sure that you keep it out of sunlight
3) Problem: Your beer tastes/smells to sweet
Causes: If you are trying to make a sweet beer then your yeast is not working fully
Solution: If you drop your temperature with your yeast then you should solve your problem
4) Problem: Your beer tastes/smells sour
Causes: If your beer is too sour then your yeast most likely has a bacterial problem
Solution: Make sure that you clean and sanitize everything and that when you cool your wort you keep it down to 180 degrees F
5) Problem: Your beer tastes/smells yeasty
Causes: If you are leaving your beer alone for too long your yeast will die
Solution: If you are making a beer such as a lager and you need to ferment for a long time then use a second fermenter.
In part two we will cover more problems you may have on brewing your beer and how to avoid them.