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Old 05-13-2008, 02:44 AM   #1
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Some of you may have read my other thread about a botched Saison I'm experiencing. Today the odor had changed from "unique" to raunchy. I think the taste is even starting to get affected. For those who have that sick desire to watch a train wreck, here's a portrait of my slick, white little baby. I had another, better picture but my camera ate it.



Suffice it to say I'm pretty steamed that it ended up like this. I can't even harvest the yeast because it's cross-contaminated with brett or something. Personally, I blame myself for letting it sit and condition so long after fermentation. The high fermentation temperature is probably not to blame, so that leaves me with the theory of letting it sit too long with no CO2 blowing out. Maybe it's a design flaw with the Minibrew fermenter - my sanitation was no better and no worse than usual.

So, I guess I should dump this 8 gallons of crap water, eh? I'm not sure if there's any hope of redemption for this one.

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Old 05-13-2008, 03:07 AM   #2
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Ride it out man.

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Ride it out man.
Will do. It's about all I can do - no way I'm dumping 8 gallons. : / It'll be the third week of fermentation/conditioning this Sunday. Do you think there's a chance this will ever "clear up" or maybe fade? I just want to know if I should bottle as scheduled or let it sit longer.
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I have 4 starters in the fridge, which I hope to spontaneously ferment in the hope that I can create a phlambic. I am expecting disaster and hoping for a pleasant surprise.

Beer is a happy accident.

A brett infection might make it an awsome beer or not.

Sit on it if you can, or rack off into a more managable size. Don't bottle until you're a believer.

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seek comfort in knowing nothing can grow in a fermented beer that can harm you...maybe make you nauseated but thats it. If the gravity changed enough to where its over 5% then your good. Personally i always ferment in a glass carboy with a good seal if i know its going to be for a long period. The brew buckets arnt completly airtight and thus i was never comfortable for long standing fermentations in them. Havent had an infected batch in either however. Knock on wood

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If the gravity changed enough to where its over 5% then your good.
What I don't understand is that there should've been about 6% in there by the time this started taking hold.
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What I don't understand is that there should've been about 6% in there by the time this started taking hold.
I think he means past the kill you point(once you're past 5% nothing harmful can grow/live), I have an intentional pellicle on an ~11 ABV beer right now, and some strains of Brett supposedly can live in up to an 18% ABV environment. It can 'take hold' at much higher ABV %'s.
BTW, that's a bad pic, but are you sure its not just unsettled yeast/krausen/etc. ?
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I think he means past the kill you point(once you're past 5% nothing harmful can grow/live), I have an intentional pellicle on an ~11 ABV beer right now, and some strains of Brett supposedly can live in up to an 18% ABV environment. It can 'take hold' at much higher ABV %'s.
BTW, that's a bad pic, but are you sure its not just unsettled yeast/krausen/etc. ?
I'm pretty sure sure that it's not krausen anymore...the foam in the middle might be, but I'm pretty sure the other stuff isn't. Btw, I'm glad you responded - your insight would be much appreciated. I'll get a better picture up asap.
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Here's some better pictures of the inside of the fermenter and the film developing on top. Sorry for the redundancy, but I figure one of these pictures has to be decent. In all fairness it is kind of tough to shoot inside the fermenter and get a decent pic.





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even if bret lives to 18% its still not harmfull. People used to joke that i was going to go blind by brewing my own beer (referring to the moonshining days) but nothing like that will happen with beer. Stuff may grow in it and taste shtty but your not going to die from anything growing in it is what i meant. That being said i found this guy doing a saison and his looks pretty gross too so maybe thats the way its supposed to come out?



have you tasted yours?

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