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Kevin K 12-30-2007 02:44 AM

Beer has been in the primary pail for about 6 months...
 
Life kinda got in the way, and I wasn't able to brew for a while.
I discovered a gnarly red ale that has been in the primary pail for about 6 months now.
I pulled half a glass out and it's full of floaties - just confirming that I should pitch this batch.
The floaties look sort of like translucent flakes. The surface looks a little oily.

My gut tells me to pour it out, but a small part of me is hoping someone will tell me it can be rescued.

Any input? :confused:

:D

Kevin

BrianP 12-30-2007 02:50 AM

General consensus will be not to pitch, just in case it's still ok.

Maybe try bottling a few, keeping the remainder safe, just in case. If after bottling, the batch is determined to be bad, no harm done, little effort expended. If crappy, pitch the rest.

homebrewer_99 12-30-2007 03:10 AM

If it's bad store it away and use it on your garden...

Kevin K 12-30-2007 03:13 AM

I think I'm gonna pitch it. The next two brews are going to be my first two on tap, don't want to waste a keg on a ****ty batch!

Spyk'd 12-30-2007 03:15 AM

I'm going to bet that it's bright orange and smells like rubber...


If not, TASTE it!

:drunk:

Kevin K 12-30-2007 03:40 AM

The last time I tasted a brew that I was unsure about, I spent the night on the can.

Not going to happen tonite.

:D

FlyingHorse 12-30-2007 03:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin K
The last time I tasted a brew that I was unsure about, I spent the night on the can.

Not going to happen tonite.

Then I gotta ask...why'd you post in the first place? :confused:

Seriously, if it smells OK and doesn't have anything growing on it, it's probably OK. Maybe not good, but not likely to do you any gastrointestinal harm.

Spyk'd 12-30-2007 03:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin K
The last time I tasted a brew that I was unsure about, I spent the night on the can.

Not going to happen tonite.

:D

Awe man, do it for...science, do it for....US!

:p

BrianP 12-30-2007 04:16 AM

if kegging, probably pitch it. if bottling, a few for science's sake isn't that bad

moger777 12-30-2007 05:57 PM

It might taste soapy due to sitting on the yeast cake too long. You can always bottle it and use it as a "cooking" beer if it does not taste right.


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