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Old 11-28-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Cloudy sour taste off the bottom question now what to do? HELP

Made of pumpkin beer from a kit purchased from Tulsa OK. 10 days in primary and 5 days in the secondary, transferred to a keg, sealed for about a week.
I introduced C02 and tapped some off to taste. Beer is cloudy and has a sour taste. My best guess is the beer is coming off the bottom of the keg which has some sediment, thus the slight sour taste. What I think I am going to do is pull the beer out and put back in the secondary and allow to drop off the rest of the old yeast to clear up the color. WHAT TO DO TO TRY AND SAVE THE BEER?

Question ... should I introduce sugar in the event the yeast still needs to come off the beer?
Question ... Give up and dump the beer?
Question... Introduce more yeast and sugar to ferment the batch?
OR... just put it back in the secondary?
OR just leave it in the keg to settle.
HELP...

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Old 11-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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If it's sour, you may have an infection. No need to move back the the secondary. Leave it sit in the keg set the temp down to around 33f let is sit for a week, that will help clear the beer. Pour off a pint or two and the rest of your beer should be clear. If it's still sour, I would say it's infected.

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+1. You can't judge a beer based on the trub that comes out of the first few pours from a keg of young beer. You're sucking out the gunk that has settled to the bottom. Depending on your brew process, that could be a little or a lot.
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You may of moved the beer to quickly. Most kits want to rush you to the keg. Always leave your beer on the yeast in the primary till it's done fermenting. The only real way to tell if it's done is with a hydrometer.

With the lecture over I second the advice of letting it sit in the keg under pressure in the cold for another week or two. The first pint or so will be yeasty but after that it should be ok.

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You didn't list the recipe, but I'm guessing spices were part of the recipe. If that's the case, the sour you are tasting may be the spices that have settled to he bottom.

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