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Old 06-15-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default What kind of infection is this, and what to do now?

Preface: This is my second batch ever, and the first batch went perfectly. This time, I switched to StarSan rather than bleach, and I either overdiluted or did something else wrong in the process. Either way, the beer is infected:



Any clue what the infection might be? In addition, can I do anything to salvage the brewing equipment or the beer itself? I'm really beat up over this, considering how careful I was with sanitizing, but I'm not ready to give up yet.

The beer itself was a kit extract Hefeweizen, though that probably doesn't matter at this point.

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
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I see no real signs of an infection....

How does it taste/smell.

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Second what Max said...

What does it taste and smell like? If it's drinkable without gagging, and it doesn't smell like a three week dead skunk that's been stored in a hot and humid trashcan, it may be okay.

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Please bottle and ship to me for testing:-)

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:45 PM   #5
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Second what Max said...

What does it taste and smell like? If it's drinkable without gagging, and it doesn't smell like a three week dead skunk that's been stored in a hot and humid trashcan, it may be okay.
That's quality control!
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:23 AM   #6
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See what it looks like in another week or two or better yet take gravity readings.It just looks like off-gassing and yeast rafts so far. That looks dark for a hefeweisen.

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Old 06-16-2012, 12:25 AM   #7
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It just looks like off-gassing and yeast rafts so far. That looks dark for a hefeweisen.
Nah, it looks like Pizza the Hutt.


I agree it looks pretty dark.
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I've got a doppel weizen that looks like that right now. You're fine. My fermenter temp went up a little past what I would like in the last couple of days and cause more CO2 to gas out causing the bubbles in mine. Mine tastes great. It does have the alcohol burn of a 8.5% hefeweizen but that'll cool down a bit with a tiny bit of aging.

Is that an extract brew? My previous citrus wheat and the doppel weizen are darker than I'd like for the style, but I have to chalk that up to the fact that I'm still extract brewing. But, who cares how dark they are if they're tasty. Which mine certainly are.

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Just for the record, I panicked last night when I saw that and went and searched the site for pics of infections until I was satisfied that I was fine.

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at least you didn't dump it.

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