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Old 07-05-2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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Just what I said. Post it. I put this in the beginners forum because I think it will show people what a real infection looks like and that its not anything what krausen looks like.

Oh and name it if you can.



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Old 07-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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Did you still drink that?

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I haven't had a real infection since military service, and I don't think beer can catch it.

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Old 07-05-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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Did you still drink that?
I did and it wasn't good. I don't really know how to describe it except bitter but not hop bitter. It mellowed with age and made a decent black and tan.
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Evan I know you have a good one that why I started the thread. Get all these nasty infections in one place.

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Old 07-06-2008, 06:54 AM   #6
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How about big, white 2 inch diameter bubbles floating on top of a white haze after five weeks?

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Post a picture of it, mellowtoad. That's the point of this thread, and all.

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If we get more pictures up I think this thread should be stickied/(called prost thread here?). It'd be helpful for a lot of new brewers who may be worried that they have an infection.

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Heere joo go!



It's a Flanders Red, "infected" with Wyeast's Roeselare Blend (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactic bacteria). If your beer looks like this, it's probably infected with brett, lactic bacteria, or some other kind of similar stuff.

And here's the thing: it's very rare to "accidentally" create a sour beer that's any good. You need to start off with a good base for the style, use the bugs intended for that style, and age it accordingly. As with oak, many people think that, if they have a crappy batch of beer, they can "save" it by oaking it or adding bugs. Garbage in, garbage out, as the saying goes. Others accidentally get infected and people think they've made a lambic. Nay-nay. It's possible, but the odds are stacked against you in almost all possible ways. First, chances are that the base beer had too much bitterness and hop character to be a good base beer for a sour style. Second, the chances that you're accidentally infected with a bug that makes good sour beer are also minuscule. FYI.

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Here is one I found on Flickr. Not mine but definitely an infection.

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