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Old 10-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Dumped a batch of beer a few days ago. It felt....good.

I know, I know...never dump your beer. I just wanted to say that for me, this time...it felt good. I brewed a gluten free stout and it was awful. I have been sitting on it for 8 months and it hadn't even begun to approach something drinkable. Astringent, harsh, just flat out no good.

I haven't dumped a batch in years, and I'll be honest, there were one or two in there that I probably should have. I sit on them and I wait, and every time I go back to open one I have that sliver of hope that always gives way to disappointment. Brewing shouldn't be aggravating. So, I'm just saying...dumping is not always a bad thing.

Peter Bouckaert said it best, “If you want to be good, you're going to have to dump some beer.”

How about it? Are you the type that will gladly free up the space and dump a bad beer or do you sit on it for a year, waiting for it to heal up?

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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I have dumped 3 batches this year thanks to a contamination issue that persisted.

Total dump was 15bbl, but it taught me a few things and I moved forward from there...haven't dumped a batch since.


probably just jinxed myself though

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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I have one right now that needs to go. It's a Wit that the corriander is just too strong. However, I just can't bring myself to do it. I keep it in the kegerater and every couple months try it again, like you, hoping that the overpowering pepper flavor has magically mellowed and become tollerable. One of these days there won't be any extra room and that keg is going straight down the drain.

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One of these days there won't be any extra room and that keg is going straight down the drain.
Haha, that's what I'm talking about. The GF stout that I made was occupying a case of Grolsch bottles that I needed (for a high CO2 beer). That was the straw that sent it down the drain.
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I've dumped two batches recently due to chlorine contamination. Really undrinkable... Kept them around long enough to know it wasn't something maturity would fix and then dumped it. Chalked it up to a hard lesson learned and moved along.

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I have had one batch, total experiment, that wasnt good. Luckily I know a few distillers. In the end it wasn't beer, but it was some very good clean drinking alcohol.

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I've had one batch I've dumped because it totally sucked.... my first lager, a Schwarzbier. I've dumped some of many batches I've had, though. Sometimes they were good, but I just got tired of drinking them. I'm only set up to brew one batch at a time, so it had more to do with me wanting to get started on another batch.

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I've dumped two batches recently due to chlorine contamination. Really undrinkable... Kept them around long enough to know it wasn't something maturity would fix and then dumped it.
See, that's interesting. I had a batch with that problem back in January, it was the first time I'd ever had that happen. The beer tasted like a plastic bucket. But it faded out really quickly. It was fine after about a month in the bottle. I guess no two beers are alike.
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I am dumping my first batch this weekend. I can't get past the burn and alcohol taste. Literally feels like heartburn. Don't know if it was contaminated or what. I used to just give out "bad brew" when I bottled but since switching to kegs, this will be the first DUMP. Hi, my name is James and I dump my bad beer.
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I am dumping my first batch this weekend. I can't get past the burn and alcohol taste. Literally feels like heartburn. Don't know if it was contaminated or what. I used to just give out "bad brew" when I bottled but since switching to kegs, this will be the first DUMP. Hi, my name is James and I dump my bad beer.
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That happened to me once. English pale ale. It over fermented somehow, from 1.064 to about 1.007. It was supposed to finish up around 1.015. Very alcoholic, and it ruined the flavor. If there would have been more hops it could have worked, but I just couldn't stomach the batch. I gave most of it away.
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