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Old 11-01-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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Preface: I made two versions of the Dead Ringer IPA (Two Hearted Clone) a week apart. The one I did two weeks ago is in the secondary, and the one I did a week ago is in the primary.

Yesterday I stuck my beer thief (which was clean) into the fermenter without sanitizing it. Bonehead move. I just blanked. It's the secondary fermenter and the beer is dry hopping. Did I ruin it?

I ask because yesterday it tasted hoppy and delicious, but today it tastes bad.

Also, I have the same beer in the primary which is a week behind Three days ago it was hoppy and delicious, now it's sweet and tastes bad.

Frustrated.



How can these be the same?!?!

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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I'm fairly new so I probably won't have an answer, but the guru's will probably want to see the recipe and more specifics about the fermentation.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:42 AM   #3
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You're fine. After 3 weeks it should have enough alcohol, and be at a a pH to help ward off an infection. Assuming your theif was at least clean.

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Sure.

Both had an OG around 1.068. Gravity now is about 1.018.

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If you are talking about the appearance I'd make a guess the the glass on the left is the week old and other two weeks. The one on the right has had more time to clear, as it clears it actually darkens, is less cloudy.

As far as dunking an unsanitized thief into the fermenter.. They both have some alchol in them by now. If the thief was clean I think you'll be ok.

Taste wise? Give them some time. Both are still very young.

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You're fine. After 3 weeks it should have enough alcohol, and be at a a pH to help ward off an infection. Assuming your theif was at least clean.
Always store it sparkling clean.

But that doesn't change that they don't taste good anymore.

The first one was brewed on 10/14, racked to the secondary on 10/21 where it read 1.018 after a 1.068 drop. Tasted good yesterday, today like crap.
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If you are talking about the appearance I'd make a guess the the glass on the left is the week old and other two weeks. The one on the right has had more time to clear, as it clears it actually darkens, is less cloudy.

As far as dunking an unsanitized thief into the fermenter.. They both have some alchol in them by now. If the thief was clean I think you'll be ok.

Taste wise? Give them some time. Both are still very young.
I am afraid you have that backwards. The one on the left is the right color. I've had hundreds of pints of two hearted. The one on the right is so dark and tastes worse.
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I've had hundreds of pints of two hearted.
insanely jealous. save some for the rest of us that can't get it locally!
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Unless you are experimenting, don't taste your beer until it's done fermenting and ready to rack. And again once it's properly carbonated. If your IPA is 1.060 or more, it might need to mellow.

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Ahh. Okay. Never had it before was just judging the age by the clarity. The one on the right just look clearer.

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