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Old 03-19-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default Doctor... I've got an infection?

Hey guys... long time lurker, first post. Still a beginner, using kit tins, but with malt instead of dextrose, and dry hopping. Spent many a night shift reading through these boards and learnt a lot. Pretty sure i've got my first infection, so thought it'd be a good excuse to finally register and start posting

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3weeks into primary... was about to transfer to secondary and dry hop. And i see this:



Smell isn't bad, but not as beery as i was expecting.
Taste is really bitter - citrus-rind-acid kinda bitter. Not pleasant.
One thing that I've changed from my other batches is this is a new fermenter with more headspace.

Cheers for any input guys.

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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Sorry... yet another "am i infected" thread

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:04 AM   #3
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Looks like a pellicle is forming to me, could be lacto? I'm certainly not the authority on these kinds of things around here though.

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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hmmmmmm........the only thing that makes me think it might be infected is the citrus rind taste. I've only ever tasted one infected batch and that is what it tasted like.

edit: I wouldn't think that the additional head space would be a concern for primary unless its just a silly amount of headspace.

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Old 03-20-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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In the 15 or so batches i've done, i've never had a pellicle. Hence the worry!

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Old 03-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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Screw it... I've dry hopped. Fingers crossed. It's got it's name already if it turns out ok: Infectious Pale Ale!

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Definitely infected. Either Lacto and/or Brett. Not sure what to tell you, other than to double check your sanitizing process. Sometimes though something gets in despite what seems to be good process. If it's in a plastic bucket, you should probably get a new one. Along with any other plastic that came in contact with the beer. Otherwise you risk infecting future batches.

You never know how this will turn out, though unintentionally infected beers tend not to be that good.

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Agree with JLem. I don't have the experience he does, but I've read enough "is this an infection" threads - that while filmy look seems like it's always diagnosed as lacto or brett. Good luck, but I'm thinking this will not end well.

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Barrel age it for 18 months and call it a sour?

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And if that is a plastic cube you are fermenting in, I would make sure it was really clean before using it again. If you get another infection in that cube, toss it.

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