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Old 02-03-2013, 07:35 PM   #11
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Makes sense! I'll check the gravity pronto.

As for pressure fluctuations, just so I can understand this better... Wouldn't the effect go both ways? I.e. barometric pressure drops then gas comes from the carboy and out of the airlock; barometric pressure increases then the opposite occurs or at the very least stops/slows. The latter is not occurring. It's just a steady output of bubbles.

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I would keg it. 5 months says gusher to me.

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Tdawg, is this beer sitting in a secondary or is it still in the primary on the cake?
Have you tasted it?

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Tdawg, is this beer sitting in a secondary or is it still in the primary on the cake?
Have you tasted it?
It's currently in the secondary. However, there seems to be a pretty decent amount of trub at the bottom.

I did get a chance to check the gravity yesterday and it was sitting somewhere between 1.010 and 1.012... It was very difficult to tell because even the sample I pulled had bubbles rising to the surface which appeared to make it read a little higher (i.e. the 1.012 reading).

Yes, I tasted it as well and I'm dreading that this will be a batch I'm dumping. It's not sweet at all and tasted a little off. I've never been that great at depicting flavor prior to carbing and chilling. I may track racking again to another carboy and just give it some time alone (>1yr).
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #15
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I had this happen to me a few months ago. I read every post thinking that there was no way i had an infection...i just swallowed my pride and ended up dumping all 10 gallons of it. I hate to say it but i think you may be better off just starting over. I did the whole "i think i can just give it some time." Which turned out to be a waste of time.

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You can keg a batch with gusher. you just want to sanitize real good after it kicks.

Bottling is an impossibility, kegging has some leeway pressure wise and as long as you pull one every so often it will not get overcarbed.

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If the gravity is stable and ~1.011 (good middle ground), it's probably not infected. 5 months would give those bugs plenty of time to chew threw the sugars that sacch can't and create some noticeable funk. To be sure, you can double check in another week or two to see if it's dropping gravity, but my guess is that you're fine to package. My guess is that if there is an off flavor (a lot of those are hard to detect in an uncarbed, warm, flat beer), it would be something like wet cardboard (oxidation from too much headspace in secondary), stale/old beer due to lengthy secondary, or excessive yeastiness due to sitting on a cake for too long. My vote is for ensuring your FG is stable in another week and packaging this beer. Pit the bottles in a a closed rubbermaid box or cooler in case the pop. In a month, try a bottle, if it's excessively foamy of funny tasting, reconsider tossing the batch. Just my $.02, but I'd be willing to bet 100 times that amount that it isn't infected.

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If the gravity is stable and ~1.011 (good middle ground), it's probably not infected. 5 months would give those bugs plenty of time to chew threw the sugars that sacch can't and create some noticeable funk. To be sure, you can double check in another week or two to see if it's dropping gravity, but my guess is that you're fine to package. My guess is that if there is an off flavor (a lot of those are hard to detect in an uncarbed, warm, flat beer), it would be something like wet cardboard (oxidation from too much headspace in secondary), stale/old beer due to lengthy secondary, or excessive yeastiness due to sitting on a cake for too long. My vote is for ensuring your FG is stable in another week and packaging this beer. Pit the bottles in a a closed rubbermaid box or cooler in case the pop. In a month, try a bottle, if it's excessively foamy of funny tasting, reconsider tossing the batch. Just my $.02, but I'd be willing to bet 100 times that amount that it isn't infected.
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If the gravity is stable and ~1.011 (good middle ground), it's probably not infected. 5 months would give those bugs plenty of time to chew threw the sugars that sacch can't and create some noticeable funk. To be sure, you can double check in another week or two to see if it's dropping gravity, but my guess is that you're fine to package. My guess is that if there is an off flavor (a lot of those are hard to detect in an uncarbed, warm, flat beer), it would be something like wet cardboard (oxidation from too much headspace in secondary), stale/old beer due to lengthy secondary, or excessive yeastiness due to sitting on a cake for too long. My vote is for ensuring your FG is stable in another week and packaging this beer. Pit the bottles in a a closed rubbermaid box or cooler in case the pop. In a month, try a bottle, if it's excessively foamy of funny tasting, reconsider tossing the batch. Just my $.02, but I'd be willing to bet 100 times that amount that it isn't infected.
I think that this is the best line of action too. I've marked the gravity at 1.010-1.012 and will continue to monitor for the next week or 2 max. At that point if the reading is stable I'll bottle and keep in a safe location. Considering the minimum effort it takes to bottle at this point there's nothing loss except my time and some bottle caps.
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