Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Sad, Sad night for me!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-29-2007, 03:30 AM   #1
medic_35057
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
medic_35057's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Culllman, Alabama
Posts: 94
Default Sad, Sad night for me!

I noticed a few days ago a very, very thin layer of "something" white growing across the top of my Christmas Ale. This "something" had small groups of "bubbles" growing in little evil colonies. I removed the airlock to have a smell. Took a sniff, did not smell too bad but just not quite right either. Today I removed the airlock for another sniff. Holy Sh*t Batman, this stuff reeked!!! I took the carboy outside to the edge of the yard, said a few choice words to the evil colonies as I poured them and the beer on the ground.
I guess I can't be too mad though. This was the eight or ninth all grain beer that I had made without any problems so I guess I was due. I will be a lot more careful about cleanliness in the future though.
__________________
medic_35057 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 03:34 AM   #2
BierMuncher
...My Junk is Ugly...
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BierMuncher's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 12,174
Liked 581 Times on 342 Posts
Likes Given: 213

Default

I don't think I read anything that said you "for sure" had an infection or contamination. I've had some pretty smelly fermentations (aka baby sh!t in a sauce pan) that all turned out well.

What was your recipoe, yeast....etc?

I dare say more (good) beer has been poured down the drain because it smelled bad than beer that has actually been bad.

BierMuncher is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 03:56 AM   #3
WOP31
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WOP31's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,332
Liked 8 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Sorry for the loss, but next time please consult us and include pictures before dumping any beer in the yard. Never think that you are due for an infection, if you sanitize and pay attention, it is really hard to screw up a batch, esspecially if it makes it to the secondary with no problems, not sure if you were in primary or secondary. But please ask before you dump.

Cheers

__________________
"Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder,
I'm an [under] forty victim of fate, Arriving too late, arriving too late."
-Jimmy Buffet
WOP31 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 04:02 AM   #4
medic_35057
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
medic_35057's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Culllman, Alabama
Posts: 94
Default

The following is the recipe for the Chrismas Ale I discarded tonight.


8# 2 row
2# Carafa I
4 oz. Chocolate malt
4 oz. Black Patent
8 oz. Carapils
1/2 cup molasses at flameout
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cardamon
1 tsp orange peel
.375 oz. Galena (13% AA, 60 min.)
.5 oz. Cascade (6% AA, 60 min.)
.25 oz. Saaz (3.75% AA, 15 min.)
.25 oz. Tettnanger (4.5% AA, 15 min.)
.25 oz. Saaz (aroma)
Yeast is WLP550 that I will wash from a Belgian Saison pumpkin ale
Single mash

I just "assumed" that the white film with little colonies of bubbles growing was an infection. Also this "film" started in the secondary. I have never had that on the other beers. I reused the yeast the same day I bottled the Belgian Saison pumpkin ale. I am not sure I can describe the smell but it smelled rotten, maybe towards a bandaid smell. I wished I had taken a picture of it and posted here before I dumped. Maybe someone could have given me a clue as to what it was. But oh well life goes on. I still have enough extra grains though to redo this. And you could be right Muncher, I could have dumped out a beer that I thought was bad.

__________________
medic_35057 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 04:14 AM   #5
Ize
...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ize's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 2,287
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

A lot more folks around here know far more than I, and hopefully they'll chime in, but from everything I've read the "band-aid" smell was a bad sign. You probably made the right (yet sad all the same) call on dumping...

Ize

__________________
"They who drink beer will think beer"
-Washington Irving

Sig to re-open when it's less of an embarassment
What I do for a living on the web... www.wsoyam.com
Ize is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 04:33 AM   #6
WOP31
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WOP31's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,332
Liked 8 Times on 4 Posts

Default

yeah band aid is no good, the best bet is that case is to take a sample too. if it taste 's like a band aid then it is definatly bad. I am sure that you made the right decision, but like you said life goes on and more beer will be made.

__________________
"Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder,
I'm an [under] forty victim of fate, Arriving too late, arriving too late."
-Jimmy Buffet
WOP31 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 04:51 AM   #7
Lil' Sparky
Cowboys EAC
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lil' Sparky's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 4,013
Liked 50 Times on 33 Posts

Default

Sorry for the bad luck. I've never had an infection **knock on wood** but I have had to poor out 10 gallons of brew before. Sad, sad day.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...t=22684&page=5

__________________

Last edited by Lil' Sparky; 07-28-2007 at 01:11 AM.
Lil' Sparky is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 08:05 AM   #8
Ryanh1801
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ryanh1801's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Addison,TX
Posts: 2,717
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

sorry for the loss, here is another picture, your not alone. Although this was not a infection just a nasty beer.

__________________
Ryanh1801 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 09:39 PM   #9
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Your Mom's
Posts: 1,883
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

GOD DANG IT, warn people first abotu pictures of death. My daughter sits on my lap sometimes while i look through the posts. She could have seen all of the pain and suffering in the previous posts.............

__________________

"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

Reverend JC is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2007, 10:19 PM   #10
poetic_entropy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 49
Default

Push through baby , push through.....
Let it go and tell people it is experimental and all the "big Micros" are trying it.

and by the way, I was showing off my rasp, honey wheat, and taking a sample, the damn thing smelled like hot dog water. I even boiled hot dogs to double check...... Yep hot dog water. But what the hey, it is for my non beer drinking friends, so we'll see.

Good luck on future brews. BREW ON!!!!!

__________________
poetic_entropy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Night out. Orfy General Chit Chat 0 07-12-2009 07:49 PM
C02 at night thdewitt Bottling/Kegging 5 01-30-2009 01:48 PM