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Old 06-08-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Well, what do you guys think?
Looks nasty to me. White stuff looks like snow... big turd looking thing is a dry hop bag...
should i bottle it anyway? will it make me sick?

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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Meh, yeah looks a bit infected. Did you clean and sanitize your hop bag first?

First of all, no... nothing that can live in beer can harm humans. It may give you a stomach ache if you're not used to or fond of sours. But sick? Never. Beer was used as a substitute for drinking water for many many years in areas where clean water was not available.

I'd recommend racking into a secondary but rack under the surface where the bugs are. Then take a gravity reading and the check the gravity again in a week and then again another week later. If the gravity hasn't changed then you're good to bottle.

I recommend such a long time to check (1-2 weeks) because souring microorganisms can often take a lot longer than beer yeast to get going.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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Did you taste it? If not, go ahead and taste it. Thats the only way to confirm an infection. If it taste ok then skim that crap off the top and bottle it.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I did sanitize everything. im really good about it and have never had a bad batch... i did, for the first time, not use a secondary for dryhopping. i know this doesn't make a difference.. this infection happened over the last 48 hours. and the wort was already finished fermenting. before i read that last response i racked the beer into my bottling bucket... and added dextrose for bottling... should I go for it?

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:29 AM   #5
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i just tasted it, i think it tastes fine, IBU for this beer is like 105, so the bitterness kinda covers the rest... leeeeroyyy jennnkins.

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If it taste fine then bottle it. I want some. I love an IPA that is over 100 IBUs.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:59 AM   #7
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ya this puppy will be good if the infection doesn't stick. lots of bittering hops, lots of late cascade and lots of Amarillo in the Dry hopper. mmmm

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Nice! I brewed an ipa last week and I only used citra hops. I will be dry hopping it next week. Hopefully I can find some whole leaf citra hops. I don't think I will use a hop bag after reading this though. Haha

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i just tasted it, i think it tastes fine, IBU for this beer is like 105, so the bitterness kinda covers the rest... leeeeroyyy jennnkins.


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Yah, rack from under the nasty stuff and bottle it. It might taste a little funky or it might not; it is worth the chance!

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