Originally Posted by etrain666
I have had a batch go bad after tasting great before bottling. After a bit of research I learned that you can pick up the infection at any point in the process. However, it may not have the time to really grow and compete with the alcohol until it has time to sit in the bottles for a while.
Do you get any gushing when opening the bottle?
The bottles didn't gush per se, but they were very carbonated with a thick head. If left in the bottle when opened they would bubble over a bit, but I had just chalked that up to using too much sugar in the priming solution.
I suppose it's not entirely impossible that both batches just happened to go bad one right after the other. It seems a bit unlikely, but not impossible.
I do think I'll use cocoa powder next time. From what I've read on the forums cocoa powder seems to be the preferred method anyhow.