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Old 09-20-2010, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Octoberfest possibly gone bad...

Trying to figure out if this batch has gone bad on me... looks like its got some funk growing... but surprisingly several days after noticing it, it hasnt gotten any worse. and it doesnt smell bad either. Would be the first time a batch has ever gone bad on me so im not sure what to look for. and if it has gone bad i assume i should toss it right?

This happened after i transferred to secondary...

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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could it be the sanitizer?

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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Honestly, I think its bad and you should send it to me without delay....preferably already packaged in a keg and carbonated to be enjoyed before Oktoberfest season is over

I think it is some CO2 being released from solution because of the transfer. You just have some awesome head retention going on there.

Some things to keep in mind:

The contamination risk is greatest with un-fermented wort, and decreases significantly post-fermentation. Chances are slim that it would have been contaminated at this stage of the game.

If it doesn't smell bad, and it doesn't taste bad (you tasted a sample, right?) its not bad.

Never dump on a suspicion....90% of the work/expense is already sunk into that beer...there is no reason to be hasty and dump it.

good luck!

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:07 PM   #4
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The bottom part just looks like yeast settling in the ridges. I don't know about the top, though.

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys, yeah i havent tasted it yet but i plan to...
Would be awesome if all it was was head retention, though its looked like that for a few days now.

Never thought it could be the sanitizer, i just used some one step? though it wasnt completely dry when i did the transfer. Also it was re-used sanitizer... ive been keeping a seperate bucket filled with it to save on the cost. but i wouldnt think that would be an issue.

Will keep you posted on the flavor outcome...

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:48 AM   #6
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Ok so those pics i posted earlier were from a few days ago... i finally had a chance to look at it more tonight and did notice that its gotten a little worse.
Theres now little bubble pockets forming. I'm not sure what the cause was but i think this batch is officially contaminated. Not sure i really want to taste it.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:24 PM   #7
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Ok so those pics i posted earlier were from a few days ago... i finally had a chance to look at it more tonight and did notice that its gotten a little worse.
Theres now little bubble pockets forming. I'm not sure what the cause was but i think this batch is officially contaminated. Not sure i really want to taste it.

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I'm pretty sure that's an infection. The good news, it's not undrinkable.. just rack from below the top and call it a sour ale or something

I never really liked one-step as a sanitizer, and re-using is probably the source of your infection. A great cleaner but not so great at sterilization. Just my .02.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #8
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Do you recommend another sanitizer?

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Do you recommend another sanitizer?
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