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Old 09-22-2006, 05:36 PM   #11
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a couple of things you can do with bad beer. If you have a lawn your lawn LOVES beer. Just turn on the sprinklers and slowly pour beer in front of them. your grass will turn super green and grow like mad. second I have found out snales (like us) cannot resist beer (I dont think there as picky as us) a tin plate filled with beer in the snail infested garden or yard and you will catch lots and I do mean LOTS throught thew night. lastly I brewed a red ale 3 years ago that turned out infected (I was green) anyway I kept it in the keggor on tap as an honsty tester to see who had true honest responses to my beer. if they said they liked it I would make them drink it all. photohand and myself had so much fun with that botched batch of beer it was almost worth it.
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Old 09-22-2006, 05:48 PM   #12
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I kept it in the keggor on tap as an honsty tester to see who had true honest responses to my beer. if they said they liked it I would make them drink it all.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:23 PM   #13
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Oooops.. I actually used Muntons.

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Old 09-22-2006, 10:30 PM   #14
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a couple of things you can do with bad beer. If you have a lawn your lawn LOVES beer. Just turn on the sprinklers and slowly pour beer in front of them. your grass will turn super green and grow like mad. second I have found out snales (like us) cannot resist beer (I dont think there as picky as us) a tin plate filled with beer in the snail infested garden or yard and you will catch lots and I do mean LOTS through the night...
It's illegal to bait snails...you have to wait until they are in season...then add garlic and butter to taste! Voila!!
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:28 AM   #15
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I had one brew ferment at nearly 80F, and I had used Nottingham... it was pretty alcoholic, but over time it mellowed a little, but it was certainly NOT right.

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I wonder if the same is what happened with one of mine. I had a Brewers Best Amber Ale kit that turned out funky...using Nottingham at nearly 80F.

It has a thin, tan colored head, slight alcohol taste, and a strong wheat taste? It literally tastes like a dark wheat. So far this odd batch is my brother's favorite. It was good to know that someone can appreciate a brew that didn't come out right.

If this wasn't a result of the yeast then it is likely because I let the temp get too hot when steeping. Perhaps a combo of both.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:24 PM   #16
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No one likes to admit to having made bad beer and they try to drink it anyway.
Not me. I have dumped beer that was bad with no regrets other than a sense of loss of beer.

I like the sig of someone on one of these boards which says...Life is too short to drink crappy beer.... or something like that. Anyway, I make enough good beer that if I make a crappy one, then down the drain it goes.

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Old 09-26-2006, 01:16 AM   #17
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Some one once said on here "rack it to the drain".
If your gonna use bleach to sanatize use cold water to rinse.

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Old 10-11-2006, 11:34 PM   #18
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Well, add me to the club. I have a brown ale with "ring around the neck". It looks like small dark specks clinging to the neck of the bottle. I am forcing myself to drink it as penance and I keep going over in my head what part of the process is not sanitary. It's odd, only some bottles taste bitter to the point of being called astringent. Other bottles with the ring taste fine.

Things that I have narrowed down as being the culprit:
siphon hose - threw it out and bought 20' for about $3
I forgot to sanitize the bottle caps until I had all the bottles filled. I dunked them in bleach water for a couple of minutes and rinsed (probably not very well).
Oh, and then there was the cat hair I found in the secondary fermenter when I racked to the bottling bucket.

Anyway, thanks for starting this thread. It makes me feel better that people that have been brewing for awhile still get the occasional funky batch. It also feels better to admit my problem. Hello, I'm Engelramm and I have an infection.

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Old 10-12-2006, 02:56 AM   #19
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Man, y'all are scaring me. I've got three batches going, one I just bottled, one in secondary, one headed for secondary on Friday. I am sooooo looking forward to drinking them and really being pleased and amazed with my brewing abilities... I'm gonna cry if any of them taste bad.

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Old 10-15-2006, 03:55 PM   #20
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It's illegal to bait snails...you have to wait until they are in season...then add garlic and butter to taste! Voila!!
FRENCH ALERT!!! FRENCH ALERT!!!
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