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View Poll Results: How many infections so far?
0 48 69.57%
1-3 18 26.09%
4-7 2 2.90%
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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I'm 0-18 so I don't know what they're like

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Old 11-15-2007, 12:51 PM   #2
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Man, clicking zero is scary.

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Old 11-15-2007, 12:52 PM   #3
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Man, clicking zero is scary.
Don't worry, I don't think will jinx. I knocked on my desk while clicking
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:04 PM   #4
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3 infections (well, 2.5 because with one of them, I actually drank about half the batch before the bacteria decided to wake up). All of them tasted great at bottling time, but ended sour, dry and gushy. I have impeccable sanitation practices, but obviously, something decided to attack my beer in the bottling bucket. Oh well.

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Old 11-15-2007, 01:27 PM   #5
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0 for ummmm...i really should count these up today.

My buddy is 1, maybe 2 for 4 . I guess I'm not such a good teacher.

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Old 11-15-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
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If clicking 0 makes things go bad this weekend...... that's a tough one. Beer brewers are a superstitious crowd.

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I'm surprised nobody's above 3. I know its relative to how many batches you've done. I just though there'd be some higher votes...

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Old 11-15-2007, 01:45 PM   #8
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Just 1 here. I do know some folks that have chronic infection problems.


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Old 11-15-2007, 01:46 PM   #9
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So far I haven't had any but I think my latest batch might have a problem (weird aftertaste for a Porter); I'm holding out judgment until after it is kegged and carbed though.

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Old 11-15-2007, 02:02 PM   #10
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I think I am just lucky. (Stay with me) I started with a Mr Beer kit that my wife gave me, which has instructions that would raise many an eyebrow on this forum.
No air lock, water straight from the tap into the fermenter, etc.

That batch worked fine and I used similar techniques on my first few real batches. Some of them have stuck.

I have never sanitized bottles(I put them in the dishwasher)
I put tap water in my batches to top up if needed
I only use no rinse sanitizer in my carboy and siphon
And I have never had an infection in 20 batches or so.

I think I am lucky that my wife and I just keep the house pretty sanitary and that our tap water is safe and tastes good. Also we must not have too many nasties just floating around in the air. If anyone deserves an infected batch it is probably me!

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