I have been more-or-less brewing the same recipe over and over again for quite a while now, partially to see how often I can produce a replicate but mostly to see what happens when I make small changes. For the most part, I have been doing fairly well in the replicate category. Very few exact replicates aroma / flavor wise, but pretty close and my numbers are mostly bang-on. My last brew is really throwing me off though. I have brewed this exact recipe multiple times. It has always turned out fairly malty, almost sweet, with a nice fruity aroma and flavor with a good balance bitterness (for my tastes) and after ~1.5-2 months in the bottle is still a bit hazy but very transparent. I also like a good smooth, almost a bit thick, mouthfeel which I achieve with a good dose of CaraPils and a bit of Calcium Chloride. This last time the brew turned out okay, and the fruit flavors are now quite obvious too, but there is a very distinct "grainy" flavor and the haze is extreme and not going away, not to mention the feeling that I almost have to chew the beer (which I actually kinda like ). Even right before bottling, the aroma and taste were different than before and very "grainy" (the only way I can describe it). Other than having bought new ingredients, I am not aware of any other changes. Why the "grainyness" all of a sudden!? Btw, OG and FG were perfectly normal. PS, the "grainy" taste is very similar to what the wort during the second (batch) sparge tastes like. Not overly sweet, just kinda....well, like grain.