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Old 06-24-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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Default Malt Extract Spontaneously Fermenting?

Anyone ever mail-order some malt extract and have it arrive actively fermenting? I didn't even know that malt extract on its own could ferment, but I got sixteen pounds of rice LME recently from an online supplier (that shall remain nameless), and one bucket of it had popped open in the box. I thought it was just a leak or maybe a temperature/pressure problem at first, but when I opened it up it was actively bubbling and smelled quite yeasty. I resealed it, but sure enough the next day it had popped open again and spilled more extract onto the floor. The other bucket was also bubbling and yeasty-smelling, but it hasn't spontaneously popped its own lid off as of yet. Weird! That's gotta be some serious yeast that can ferment undiluted extract!

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Old 06-24-2012, 03:28 AM   #2
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I've never heard of this before, but it would make me think twice about ordering from them again. Poor sanitation.

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Old 06-24-2012, 03:37 AM   #3
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:45 AM   #4
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yeah, i seriously want to see that. and know where you got it. thats some potent yeast!

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:13 AM   #5
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Number 1: Rice LME? God, why?. You makin' sake?
And B: Don't let them remain unnamed, help us avoid a bad vendor!
Thirdly: Snag a yeast sample? See what it does in a real brew?

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:24 AM   #6
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I would lean towards bacteria. That's a pretty tough ferment for yeast.

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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Was it repackaged malt extract? If so, chances are the supplier didn't sanitize well and you got some wild yeasts and bacteria introduced.

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Old 06-24-2012, 07:38 AM   #8
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I'd contact the vendor and ask them to replace it and tell them you had a huge mess to clean up so they throw in some stuff. I would at least give them a chance to make it right before you disclose who it was.

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:44 PM   #9
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Did you buy your LME from a guy who lives under a bridge?

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Old 06-24-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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The vendor should get you new lme if you inform them the package came blown open. Don't give out the name of the vendor unless they don't fix it, and even when they do fix it, write a post commending them on their great customer service that they fixed a mistake.

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