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  1. #1
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    peculiar taste

    Here's one for ya...
    Just brewed my Oktoberfest Sticke. 2 weeks into lagering, I noticed a subtle "cheesy" flavor (I really had to slurp and sniff to get it, but it was there). I did dry hop with some Tettnangs. They were healthy hops, though. I understand that some hops tend to taste a bit "cheesy," but I never experienced that with Tetts. My only concern is that it may have picked up an infection. I sanitized 2 airtight containers, and took a samples. I warmed up the sample to 75 degrees, and 3 days later, nothing funky growing in there, and the taste is the same. It hasn't seemed to get any worse, or better. I used Dusseldorf alt yeast from WL.. It has been an estery beer from the get-go (I started in an open flat bottomed fermentor), and hasn't mellowed out much yet. I had plans to fiter this beer, and keg it. If it did pick something up, I don't want to infect my filter, it's hard enough to clean as it is. I suppose my question is, does anybody know what this flavor may be attributed to, and if it's not an infection of sorts, what is it, and will a lengthy lagering help it to some degree?

  2. #2
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    Butyric acid

    Maybe you have butyric acid problems....was your beer was in contact with old spent grains?

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    The cheesy smell is usually from old, stale hops. I don't think any hops should have a cheesy charateristic to them.

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