Hey all. It's been a while. I've made several brews from kits. The first three were full LME's and the quality of the beer improved with each one. However, I'm trying to pinpoint the flavor issues I've had with each.
The first was an amber ale that I'm sure was oxidized and had that flavor of wet cardboard. The second was Chinook IPA and was OK but still had a bit of oxidation.
The third was an Octoberfest and did not have that same oxidized flavor at all. However, all three of them had what I would consider an unnatural sweet overtone. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant but the flavor clearly set them apart from the high quality beer I've had in tasting rooms.
I suspect this is considered "extract twang" and, short of going all-grain, I'd really like to eradicate this flavor. I used distilled water on my last brew and the twang was still there. My OG's to FG's were where the kits said they should be and I didn't rush fermentation. My sanitation has been excellent. In my mind, that leaves the yeast (I just used the dry yeast in the kits) and the boil (I did half boils because I currently don't have the facilities).
I'm open to any suggestions. Overall I'm mildly disappointed that I haven't been able to fix this issue. Thanks in advance for any insight you guys might have.