Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > My beer is infected

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-07-2014, 04:09 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1
Default My beer is infected

This is my first batch

It was a kit that was supposed to be a brown ale.

It stArted out fine. Fermented fine. There was some trub and yeast taste after fermentation but it basically tasted like a brown ale.

Everything was over sanitized with star san. I filled up the bottling bucket with it and dipped everything in the star san.

I then racked the beer into the bottling bucket with an auto siphon. There was air pockets in the siphon where the hose wouldn't seal tight.

I transferred it into the bottles after using priming sugar......after two weeks I checked it. It was fine.......carbonated fine and tasted ok. Not great but ok.

One week later the beer was sour......all of it. 3 weeks later it was undrinkable sour.

Any ideas.....

GLHX is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 04:59 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 402
Liked 69 Times on 58 Posts
Likes Given: 60


What yeast did you use? Also, how did you sanitize your bottles and bottle caps? Did you boil the priming sugar, and if so, for how long?


Wild Love Brewing
Brew Stats | Brewlog | Fermentation chamber

Drinking: Late for Breakfast Stout, How Rye Am I? Saison, HD 2013, Graff
Bottle conditioning: Nut Brown Ale, EdWort's Hause Pale Ale
Primaries: Dry Irish Stoat, Oatish

thadass is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 51
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts


Did you sanitize the auto siphon and hose? When you say dip into star San, how long was it covered with starsan?

Sent from my HTC One using Home Brew mobile app

mark7347 is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
Progressive Brewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
IslandLizard's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Pasadena, MD
Posts: 2,681
Liked 307 Times on 279 Posts
Likes Given: 975


+1 on all the above.

Definitely a cleaning / sanitation issue.
You can't sanitize unless it's clean. How did you clean those bottles?

Preparing: Framboise Clone | Raging Bitch Clone #3 | Tank 7 Saison Clone | Fresh Squeezed IPA | Venturing into some Sours, finally...
Dry hopping:
Barrel Aging: Old Treacle Mine
On tap: 2.3'd | Sketchy Bastard | ESB | Belgian Wit {1st place @ FSH Guild Wheat Beer Comp.} | Pocahontas Pumpkin Ale
Kicked: Black Butte Porter Clone | Raging Bitch Clone #2 | Citra Wheat Saison | Rosemary Wheat Saison | Great Lakes Christmas Ale Clone | Caramel Amber Ale
IslandLizard is online now
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 01:54 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Braufessor's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Iowa, Iowa
Posts: 1,749
Liked 404 Times on 283 Posts
Likes Given: 321


Make sure you take your spigot on bottling bucket, auto siphon and bottling wand completely apart when sanitizing. A lot of people do not realize that spigots and bottling wands come apart (plastic ones anyway) - they do. These are key places where bad things can hide.

Get a smaller diameter tube that fits snug with auto siphon and bottling wand.

+1 to boiling priming sugar in some water and adding as a "syrup".

+1 in regard to sanitizing of bottles and caps.

Make sure everything is "clean" before it is "sanitized."

Kegged/Serving: Dortmunder, Bo-Pils, Nugget Nectar Clone, Citra IPA, One Hearted Ale, Heady Topper Junior, Scottish 70, British Dark Mild
: Barley Wine, Sour Belgian Golden on Cherries
Primary: Ordinary Bitter, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter
Secondary: Bo-Pils, Sour Cherry Stout,
Future Brews: German Pilsner, Dortmunder, Porter, APA, IPA, British Dark Mild, More...... More....... Beer.......
Braufessor is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: , NY
Posts: 712
Liked 62 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 7


Your issue is probably not the bottles or the caps. They wouldn't all be sour in that case, instead you would see the occasional gusher or otherwise bad bottle while most would be fine.

The bottling bucket and autosiphon and tubing are good places to check but I don't think you can rule out earlier steps in the process. I think you are saying it tasted ok going into the bottling bucket. I am not sure that really means anything. Wild yeast or bacteria could have contaminated the beer very early on and grown slowly and only recently hit your flavor threshold.

eric19312 is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Could my guaranteed infected beer not be infected...? Bloom_198d Fermentation & Yeast 6 08-10-2013 02:25 AM
Infected Beer = Infected Yeast? h4mmy86 Fermentation & Yeast 14 01-25-2013 04:56 PM
Is my beer infected? cavman22 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 06-21-2012 05:16 AM
infected beer (yeah, it's really infected) - rant. jtakacs General Beer Discussion 36 04-20-2012 11:24 PM
Am I mistaking young beer for infected beer? permo General Beer Discussion 8 09-05-2010 03:08 PM