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Old 02-21-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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I brewed a Batch of IPA this weekend, and tried a new bucket blow off method for it.. I pitched Saturday afternoon, and as of this morning, there was no gas pressure in the blow off tube, So I was going to pitch another packet of yeast, thinking that there was something wrong with the first packet..

When I pulled open an edge of the lid I saw that there was a good layer of Krausen on top.. meaning the yeast was okay but my blow off tube was leaking.. badly..

Seeing as the krausen had not risen all the way to the lid, I decided it was safe to just use a regular air lock.. So I sanitized another lid, stopper and airlock and installed them..

On the first lid there was some krausen on it.. I tasted some.. It was sour as hell... Now I don't know if krausen just tastes nasty or if my batch is infected, or if this was just old stuff that had spoiled from when I first shook the thing after brewing, and the bucket had not yet filled with C02...

My sanitation habits are pretty meticulous, so I'll be surprised if I have an infection.. but anything is possible.. Anyone have experience with this?

I rocked the thing back and forth on a couple occasions thinking the yeast was not taking off, with the idea of rousing it might help, now I'm hoping that I didn't wash some spoiled crap off the lid into the beer and infect everything..

Thoughts, stories, comments?
Thanks,

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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if you have a big, healthy krausen going (which is sounds like you do), there probably aren't any other microbes doing anything significant in your beer. i wouldn't put much stock in how the krausen tastes, who knows what it's even made up of.

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I read a story once (germanbeerinstitute.com,I think),where it said the Germans make beer with the krausen skimmed off other beers. I don't think they said how,though?...
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I had some huge blowoff on my last one, so I gave it a taste. It was incredibly bitter. Couldn't get rid of the taste in my mouth for a couple of hours.

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Well...being so bitter,I wonder if the Germans used it to not just ferment another brew,but flavor it as well? Like their version of an English bitter?
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It should taste bad(to most people at least) and it is true that a lot of commercial breweries will skim the krausen off the top and remove it, you can also do this with your own brew, but it is usually not recommended due to sanitation.

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I brewed a Batch of IPA this weekend, and tried a new bucket blow off method for it.. I pitched Saturday afternoon, and as of this morning, there was no gas pressure in the blow off tube, So I was going to pitch another packet of yeast, thinking that there was something wrong with the first packet..

When I pulled open an edge of the lid I saw that there was a good layer of Krausen on top.. meaning the yeast was okay but my blow off tube was leaking.. badly..

Seeing as the krausen had not risen all the way to the lid, I decided it was safe to just use a regular air lock.. So I sanitized another lid, stopper and airlock and installed them..

On the first lid there was some krausen on it.. I tasted some.. It was sour as hell... Now I don't know if krausen just tastes nasty or if my batch is infected, or if this was just old stuff that had spoiled from when I first shook the thing after brewing, and the bucket had not yet filled with C02...

My sanitation habits are pretty meticulous, so I'll be surprised if I have an infection.. but anything is possible.. Anyone have experience with this?

I rocked the thing back and forth on a couple occasions thinking the yeast was not taking off, with the idea of rousing it might help, now I'm hoping that I didn't wash some spoiled crap off the lid into the beer and infect everything..

Thoughts, stories, comments?
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Traditional German Wheat Beers are made by skimming off the krausen intermittently to reduce bitterness. That being said, I think that Krausen should be very bitter, possibly sour tasting by another description; sounds like you're beer is fine man!
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^^^I remember seeing a pic of the skimming. But the gemanbeerinstitute.com lists a "Krausenbier" with the double dots above the "a". But the link is broken to the full description of the style.
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