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Old 12-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #21
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i guess i should clarify that by "doesn't taste bad", i mean it doesn't have any off-flavors due to the infection (at least none that i can identify). however, the underlying beer - a big oatmeal/chocolate/coffee stout - would certainly benefit from more aging. i guess i'll be drinking this one younger than i would have otherwise liked to. and time to re-brew!
If you can't taste any off-flavors then I doubt it's infected. Just because you see weird things going on in the ferrmenter doesn't automatically mean it's infected. If it IS infected you would know by tasting it. Keep going forward in the process, treating it like any other beer and I bet it will be just fine.

EDIT: Oops - didn't see your other posts. Nevermind.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:36 PM   #22
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If you can't taste any off-flavors then I doubt it's infected. Just because you see weird things going on in the ferrmenter doesn't automatically mean it's infected. If it IS infected you would know by tasting it. Keep going forward in the process, treating it like any other beer and I bet it will be just fine.
that post saying that i couldn't taste anything was made early on, when this situation of mine was quite new. now that it's manifested itself in several batches, i can definitely pick out the off-flavor. that stout was the first time the infection popped up and it was robust enough to mask most of the off-flavor. more delicate beers like a saison and a belgian blond can't hide it. the off-taste appears to get worse with time in the bottle. the blond tasted fine in the bottling bucket, but a few weeks later the off-flavor was there.

thanks for your kind words of encouragement
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If you can't taste any off-flavors then I doubt it's infected. Just because you see weird things going on in the ferrmenter doesn't automatically mean it's infected. If it IS infected you would know by tasting it. Keep going forward in the process, treating it like any other beer and I bet it will be just fine.

EDIT: Oops - didn't see your other posts. Nevermind.
That is wrong. Gusher, virtually the only infection I have ever had, is tasteless for a LONG time. I guess eventually it would change the flavor, but terminal problems usually pop up before then.
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