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Old 06-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Would you drink a beer where sanitizer hadn't been used?

So, my friend got a kit where he thought the cleaner provided was a sanitizer. He completed the brewing process and realized his mistake before bottling. Someone told him that it's not that big of a deal, as long as you sanitize the equipment being used to bottle the beer. But I don't really see the logic in that. With that said, would you drink his brew?

To be honest, I did the exact same thing (we got the same kit and are clearly both idiots), but I dumped my fermented beer out, cause I didn't want to drink it.

What's the worst that could happen if he did drink it? It just tastes bad? I'm new to this so I'd love to hear all the gory details.



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Old 06-15-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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Assuming there is no infection, it will taste fine and there should be no reason not to drink it. If there is an infection, there will be an off taste. It might be subtle or it might be strong. Either way it won't hurt you. You really shouldn't dump beer unless you know for sure that it is infected or bad.

Short answer: Yes, I'd have at least one.



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The absolute worst thing that can happen is it will not taste good. It all depends on what strain of bacteria gets into it. Some bacterias do nothing to beer at all, some make it cloudy, or just make it smell different. But it's still safe to drink.

I kindof halfass my sanitization procedures; I just do a quick once over on my equipment before I use them and I have never had contaminated beer, at least from what I can tell.

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Absolutely! You do realize that people used to brew beer to MAKE their unsanitary water safe, right? If it tastes alright, then it's fine.

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They brewed before star san was invented?


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Sure, I'd taste it, and then decide if I wanted the rest or not.

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They brewed before star san was invented?


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I know, right? It just seems so... barbaric.

Did you know there was also a time when most people didn't have cellphones? So if you were trying to find somebody's apartment and got lost, you were screwed? Some people tell me most people didn't start having cellphones until I was in college, but that just doesn't seem plausible to me. It seems like most people would have died off if that had been the case.
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So true everyone. I guess the jokes on me since I dumped mine. The thought of foreign bacteria and wild yeast and contamination just sounds so gross to me that I didn't want to think about what I was possibly drinking. Ha!

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Also, you know, a lot of cleaners will work "okay" as sanitizers. Better to get the real thing, but if, for example, you used like oxyclean or something as your only sanitizer, you would almost certainly not get an infection in your beer.

That totally sucks you dumped yours. A real tragedy.

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In my early brew days I did a split batch with a neighbor. My stuff was washed, well sanitized and just plain clean. His stuff had leftover crap from the previous brews he never properly cleaned up after. Sanitizing was a sometimes forgotten practice for him. Both brews came out fine, although mine was better due to proper fermentation temperature control and it was MINE after all. No infections in his batch.



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