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punk_rockin2001 11-30-2009 04:26 AM

Have you ever infected your beer/wort??
I was just wondering how many people have actually ever infected some beer. In hind site I did some REALLY stupid things when I first started brewing, and I've never infected a beer. My first 4 beers went fine and I discovered on the fifth that my "sanitizer" wasn't even a sanitizer! Only cleaner. Thats not to say I've never made beer that tasted bad, but I've never infected it. I'd imagine the number of infected gallons to non-infected gallons of homebrew would put it in the tenths or hundredths of a percent. If you've ever infected a batch of beer please speak up, and let us know how you did it!

Clonefarmer 11-30-2009 04:48 AM

I have had a few with noticeable off flavors. It took me a while to figure out why. I spent allot of time second guessing my technique. It turned out to be my buckets. They had gotten old and become stained and smelled of old beer and hops. After I replaced them I haven't had a problem since. Now I change out any plastic buckets, hoses and stoppers when they get stained and start to smell.

Chudz 11-30-2009 04:58 AM

Heya Clone, out of curiosity, how often do you find yourself replacing your plastics?

weirdboy 11-30-2009 05:08 AM

I have had the occasional infected bottle, but not a whole batch. At least, not that wasn't on purpose.

Clonefarmer 11-30-2009 05:13 AM


Originally Posted by Chudz (Post 1707515)
Heya Clone, out of curiosity, how often do you find yourself replacing your plastics?

The buckets are good for about 10 batches before they start to make me nervous. Hoses and stoppers I change more frequently depending on their condition.

jds 11-30-2009 05:53 AM

Only once by accident. The airlock went dry on a small batch of apfelwein that I ignored too long, and acetobacter got to it. Now, it's apple cider vinegar.

All my other infections have been intentional, in making sour beers.

alcibiades 11-30-2009 05:58 AM

i infected a batch of belgian by reusing yeast that I had "washed."

guess I didn't wash it very well.

david_42 11-30-2009 02:23 PM

I've had one ropey infection and one horribly sour batch. Haven't had one in years though.

petep1980 11-30-2009 02:41 PM

Earlier this year I had two horribly infected sour batches in a row. They really got me down on brewing because I was out tons of time and probably close to $100 on ingredients.

BioBeing 11-30-2009 03:09 PM

I had a sachet of *that* lot of Nottingham that never took off. I waited the requisite 72 hours, but before I could pitch something else, an infection took over. I had to ditch it.

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