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Old 07-06-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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So in my haste, knowing my fermentation should be done soon I opted to taste a little sip. I almost vomited! It has such an awful taste! It definately taste spoiled. This is not normal during fermentation is it?

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Old 07-06-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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describe the flavor more. "yuck" and "spoiled" don't really tell us anything.

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describe the flavor more. "yuck" and "spoiled" don't really tell us anything.
I honestly don't know how to describe it. Almost no flavor of the original wort, very bland with a sour spoiled type of taste... That's all I can say really.
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"sour spoiled taste" meaning something like "vinegar"?

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"sour spoiled taste" meaning something like "vinegar"?
No not like vinegar. Just like a spoiled liquor tase lol.
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We're getting nowhere.

I don't know what "spoiled liquor" tastes like. Never had any liquor go bad on me.

Some common off flavors can be found here.
http://howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

Do any of those sound right?

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We're getting nowhere.

I don't know what "spoiled liquor" tastes like. Never had any liquor go bad on me.

Some common off flavors can be found here.
http://howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

Do any of those sound right?
None of those typical off flavors would I really characterize as what I taste. I am wondering if my being close to 1 gallon short on volume in the fermenter is having something to do with it, or if I just contaminated it somewhere along the way.
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a gallon short won't cause it to taste spoiled.

I'd love to help, but since I don't know what you are tasting, I can't.

Just relax and wait it out. Time works wonders on beer.

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a gallon short won't cause it to taste spoiled.

I'd love to help, but since I don't know what you are tasting, I can't.

Just relax and wait it out. Time works wonders on beer.
Well I guess another question is, should the beer's taste be close to the finished product minus carbonation a few days prior to fermentation completing? I actually think my fermentation is stuck anyway. The Hydrometer hasn't budged (actually it is reading higher today if my mind is not playing tricks on me) but fermentation is not complete and no activity is going on. I am at 1.03 right now.
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Well I guess another question is, should the beer's taste be close to the finished product minus carbonation a few days prior to fermentation completing? I actually think my fermentation is stuck anyway. The Hydrometer hasn't budged (actually it is reading higher today if my mind is not playing tricks on me) but fermentation is not complete and no activity is going on. I am at 1.03 right now.
My beers take about a week to ferment. The flavor on day 5 is absolutely nothing like the flavor on day 40-something when I actually start to drink a batch.

1.030 does pretty high. What is the recipe?
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