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Old 11-30-2009, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 11-30-2009, 04:48 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 11-30-2009, 04:58 AM   #3
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Heya Clone, out of curiosity, how often do you find yourself replacing your plastics?

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:08 AM   #4
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I have had the occasional infected bottle, but not a whole batch. At least, not that wasn't on purpose.

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:13 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:53 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:58 AM   #7
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i infected a batch of belgian by reusing yeast that I had "washed."

guess I didn't wash it very well.

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Old 11-30-2009, 02:23 PM   #8
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I've had one ropey infection and one horribly sour batch. Haven't had one in years though.

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Old 11-30-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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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.

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Old 11-30-2009, 03:09 PM   #10
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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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