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Old 10-09-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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I'm a first time brewer--I have been bottle conditioning my Dunkelweizen (from a kit) for about two weeks now. I've tried a couple, and they seem to exhibit the symptoms of immaturity (lack of head retention, etc...) I know darker beers should age a little longer, so this doesn't worry me.

However, what is worrying is that the few I've tried give me a throat ache. The bottle I tried last night caused me to have a throat ache that lasted till this morning. Now, I have seen similar threads about this, but they either (i) involved really hoppy beers or (ii) were accompanied by allergy-like symptoms.

Does anyone have an idea what this soreness could result from? I'm exceedingly worried that I'm slowly poisoning myself (from StarSan perhaps?)...

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Old 10-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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Not from StarSan. Are you pouring the entire bottle in the glass or are you allowing the dregs and yeast to stay in the bottle? Not real certain the beer and the sore throat may be all the related.

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Old 10-09-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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I do let the dregs stay in the bottle. I would normally guess it was just coincidence, but on two different evenings I've tried the beer, and immediately while drinking it, it seems harsh on the throat...

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Old 10-09-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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No sore throat here.....but man oh man, does homebrew give me the gas!!!

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Not sure about the sore throat, but as for bottle conditioning, did you lager first? Sometimes if you lager for an extended period of time, it removes almost all the yeast when you rack to bottle and it can take a month or more to properly condition in the bottle. It will, it just takes a while.

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Old 10-09-2010, 09:30 PM   #6
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I'm about to expose my ignorance here--is lagering siphoning to the secondary fermenter, because I did not do that...

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Old 10-09-2010, 09:47 PM   #7
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I'm about to expose my ignorance here--is lagering siphoning to the secondary fermenter, because I did not do that...
lagering is storing at cold temps i do believe
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:49 PM   #8
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ah thank you...so no everything was done at room temp...

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Old 10-09-2010, 11:57 PM   #9
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I know you would have said something, but I'll ask anyway. So you have had a fair amount of light and dark commercial or micro-brew beers and never experienced this before? Also, the beer tastes fine otherwise, not too acidic, no traces of chemicals, etc?
Edit: Did you use tap water for the batch? Add anything other than malt, hops, yeast and water...or what came with the kit?

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:13 AM   #10
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I lived in England briefly, and so I drank cask ale regularly. Stateside, I drink micro-brew beers often, but not bottle conditioned to my knowledge. It tastes a bit acidic like you say--that's why I thought maybe it was the StarSan. I thought, however, that i was putting too little in at the time, so I would be surprised if that is what it was. I just used the Brewer's Best kit, and added nothing else. I used purified water I bought at the grocery store.

Thanks for the help.

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