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Old 06-16-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Ever dumped a batch?

I haven't, but have seriously considered dumping a keg of blonde ale that I have. I have other kegs that are in line and I'm just not happy with this one. Some guests have said that they like it, but I hate even letting anyone try it b/c I know that it's just not right and I find myself force-drinking it. I'm thinking about sacrificing it to the sewer gods so I can move on.

Anyone else?

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:50 PM   #2
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Yep. Dumped a Southern English Brown that wasn't right and getting ready to dump a sour Saison. I struggled through my second ever batch that was off (aka drank all of it), but from then on, my taste buds just know what's right and what's not.

I'm sure this will be followed but plenty of people saying never dump your beer, but my palate knows when it's not going to get any better. Colin Kominski from Downtown Joe's in Napa even came on the Session and said you need to know when to dump your beer, so I don't see it as a bad thing. Plus, I can use the fermentor space.

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Old 06-17-2009, 12:06 AM   #3
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Know your beer, and let your palate be your guide.

Some are just beyond hope and dumping is the only recourse.

I've only watered the lawn with a single batch, thankfully. The very first Witbier I ever attempted was overdone with coriander and chamomile, and it just wasn't pleasant to drink. One gallon consumed, the rest was beyond repair.

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Old 06-17-2009, 12:08 AM   #4
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This thread is full of stories of NOT dumping a batch right away.....I encourage you to read it..and put the keg in a corner for a couple months, THEN revisited whether or not you wanna water the lawn with it....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

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All I'm gonna say is, 'yes.' yes I have.

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I've dumped a couple of batches. I just couldn't drink them. They were terrible.

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I have dumped several batches. Most recent was a Honey Ale that I wasn't patient with. I forced myself to drink ALOT of it to teach me a lesson and it is working and paying off. Last 3 since have been real nice and I do my tests and checks to be sure before I move to secondary or Keg.

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I dumped a Rye Pale Ale that was over the top phenolic. It's a right of passage.

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Yep. One batch that I had some equipment issues with - mash was all over the place, then I screwed up the boil volume. It ended up being a 1.5% beer, that my beer tasting wenches told me tasted a little like man juice. That did it for me.

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I made a batch of oatmeal stout that was mouth puckering astringent tasting. After I tasted it I replaced all my hoses and other rubber things & bleached the heck out of everything else. Since then I have not had a bad batch. That batch is still in the closet. It may be a year old now.

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