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Old 01-16-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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So it's been a week and a half. I checked on my beer today and this is what I've got so far. The white specks are new. A good sign?

Funny thing is I had two left over Mr. Beer kits so I put them in their little fermenters. The one is an American Porter and the other the Bavarian one. The porter had so much blow off. I had never seen a Mr Beer kit go that crazy. The Bavarian one is less active. I did jazz them up a little. I put some honey in the Bavarian and for the porter I put some pure maple syrup, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It smelled amazing.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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It's fine,just lil bits of yeast.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:03 PM   #13
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Okay cool. Everything smells okay. I have brewed enough to know that smell. I can't really describe it with words but it doesn't smell bad. haha One thing about brewing beer is that I have learned patience and letting things happen on their own.

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Learning the sights & smells certainly goes a long way too.
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I used a santized wine thief today to get a sample out and it has no off flavors. Tastes like watery flat beer. My last batch was the same way so I left it sit in the fermenter for an extra week. I think someone said "Time heals all brews". Maybe next time I'll use a yeast nutrient.

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:54 AM   #16
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Well I bottled my beer this weekend. I figured I would just follow the directions completely. There were a couple of interesting bubbles on the top that worried me a little like maybe it was infected. I just opened my tester bottle. I always keep one bottle that I try it along the process. It's been carbonating since Saturday. Plenty of carbonation. A little bit of a filmy bubble was at the top and it popped. Tasted perfectly fine though. I've been looking through some "does this look infected" threads and mine didn't look anywhere near as crazy as some of the ones that were.

I'm judging that by taste a lone I will be able to tell if it's infected right? Also if I drink infected beer, what's going to happen? Upset stomach?

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did I kill my own thread? haha

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Brewers Best Ale Pails are by far the best buckets I have used. The lids fit well and snap down easily. Cant say that for most of them. I've even had some that the lids will not go on at all. Never had that issue with Ale Pails.

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Infected beer is harder to make than most make it seem. If it is infected you will taste it. It will not kill you as nothing that can kill you will live in the alcohol but it will taste bad. So if yours tastes good Im gonna say its not infected.

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