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Old 03-27-2013, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Oops, smells like some sour candy

I dont know what happened but I got me something sour smelling. Like one of those really sour candies times a million smelling. So sour I almost can't explain the smell. This is a sierra Nevada pale ale clone. Its been about a month and I was gonna rack it and it had a pellicle. This is my first infection, I might keep it, any ideas on what it might be?

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:27 AM   #2
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Here's what it looks like

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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Looks like Lacto to me.

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Vinegar possibly? What is the gravity (has it done anything)? How does it taste?

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:49 AM   #5
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Looks like Lacto to me.
Probably not lacto since it is a SNPA clone. Lacto is deterred if IBUs are higher than about 8.
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There are some strains of Lacto that are IBU tolerant.

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Yeah, I've brewed several sour/funky farmhouse ales in the mid 20's for ibu's that lacto has had no problem with. I'm mostly using dregs, not the commercially available strains, though.

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