So I only brewed a few extract batches before going to AG and thought I’d never look back. However, I’ve been working in central Florida for a few months and since good craft beer is hard to come by here I decided to brew a few extract batches. I’ve been pretty anal about sanitation and ferment temps, fermenting in a small concrete room with a dedicated window unit set to 60 degrees seems to work pretty well. I’ve done 2 batches of Irish Red Ale and 1 Innkeeper and all seem to have a tangy off flavor. The water here has a skunky smell and taste to me but I’ve used only water filtered through the fridge filter. I’m kind of at a loss as to what could be causing the off taste I’m experiencing.
At home in Virginia I use well water and adjust it for my AG batches. This water is municipal water and has chlorine even though my nose says it smells like sulfur and sewer. Should I be treating it for chlorine? Using RO water or spring water instead? Any idea or advice especially from FL brewers appreciated!