New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > What are the odds...




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
inturnldemize
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Montreal, QC
Posts: 87
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default What are the odds...

...of getting an infected batch? Chances are i'm being a little paranoid here but I just want to make sure my batch will be good! I have no signs of infection at all but the whole bottling process worries me a little. I'm going to bottle on Friday.

Everything that touched my wort was sanitized, whenever I took my hydro readings, I sanitized the cup I used. Believe it or not, i'm fermenting the beer in my room lol. Not sure if this can have a bearing on anything. Also, for my own obsessive curiosity, I would open the lid of my fermenter 1-2 times a day. However, i'd always open it just a crack, like 2 inches.

Basically, how often do infected batches happen? Has anyone gotten them before and what's the ratio of infected to non-infected batches?

Thanks peeps. Always helpful!



__________________

"Beer fermentation is the most ugly, yet beautiful thing a home brewer can experience." -Me

Please, people, for the love of beer, do not drink your brew out of the bottle. Beer is a beautiful thing and the least it deserves is a clean glass.

Follow A&M Beer Reviews on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AM-Beer-Reviews/343042525716025

inturnldemize is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
ArcaneXor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,292
Liked 65 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

I think I've had three unintentional infections in 4.5 years of brewing, which is a lot of batches. Only one of those (the first one, a Mr. Beer kit batch) was a drainpour.



__________________
The Fiesty(sic) Goat Brewery est. 2007 & Clusterfuggle Experimental Ales est. 2009
Planned: sLambic II, Flanders Red II
Primary: Fat Man Porter, Orange Blossom Mead, sLambic I
Secondary: Flanders Red I
Kegged: 3 different ciders, Janet's Brown, Barrel-aged Stout, Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale
Bottled: Flanders Red I
ArcaneXor is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
inturnldemize
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Montreal, QC
Posts: 87
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Do infections ALWAYS equal automatic bottle bombs?

__________________

"Beer fermentation is the most ugly, yet beautiful thing a home brewer can experience." -Me

Please, people, for the love of beer, do not drink your brew out of the bottle. Beer is a beautiful thing and the least it deserves is a clean glass.

Follow A&M Beer Reviews on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AM-Beer-Reviews/343042525716025

inturnldemize is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
ArcaneXor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,292
Liked 65 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Not usually. Often you'll be able to tell whether your beer is infected before you even get to bottling.

__________________
The Fiesty(sic) Goat Brewery est. 2007 & Clusterfuggle Experimental Ales est. 2009
Planned: sLambic II, Flanders Red II
Primary: Fat Man Porter, Orange Blossom Mead, sLambic I
Secondary: Flanders Red I
Kegged: 3 different ciders, Janet's Brown, Barrel-aged Stout, Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale
Bottled: Flanders Red I
ArcaneXor is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
atom
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: York, PA
Posts: 558
Liked 100 Times on 54 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by inturnldemize View Post
...of getting an infected batch? Chances are i'm being a little paranoid here but I just want to make sure my batch will be good! I have no signs of infection at all but the whole bottling process worries me a little. I'm going to bottle on Friday.

Everything that touched my wort was sanitized, whenever I took my hydro readings, I sanitized the cup I used. Believe it or not, i'm fermenting the beer in my room lol. Not sure if this can have a bearing on anything. Also, for my own obsessive curiosity, I would open the lid of my fermenter 1-2 times a day. However, i'd always open it just a crack, like 2 inches.

Basically, how often do infected batches happen? Has anyone gotten them before and what's the ratio of infected to non-infected batches?

Thanks peeps. Always helpful!
if you're careful and sanitary...chances are the beer will be fine. the more more you are opening the fermenter and messing with it, the higher that chance goes. there is really no need to be opening it everyday.
__________________
atom is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 5,951
Liked 483 Times on 408 Posts
Likes Given: 129

Default

24 batches so far - 0 infections.

If you are careful to sanitize you may never get one.
Don't open your fermenter so often. Each time is a chance that infection could take hold.

I only open my fermenter to take a FG reading. If it is at predicted levels I then bottle so I only open it twice total. Once for the reading and last to transfer to the bottling bucket.

__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 02:50 PM   #7
wilserbrewer
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 6,216
Liked 333 Times on 285 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by inturnldemize View Post
... for my own obsessive curiosity, I would open the lid of my fermenter 1-2 times a day. However, i'd always open it just a crack, like 2 inches.
You gotta stop this habit friend.
__________________
wilserbrewer
BIAB Bags, Hop Bags and Ratchet Pulleys for sale

Expert tailor and supplier of custom sized, top quality BIAB bags, hop bags and ratchet pulleys at reasonable pricing

http://biabbags.webs.com/


CORONA MILL BUCKET SYSTEM V. 2.0
wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 05:29 PM   #8
brewski08
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: the library, michigan
Posts: 363
Liked 21 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

i have done some pretty stupid stuff and still have not seen an infection. i'm actually pretty surprised with some of the stuff i got away with.

__________________
brewski08 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
passedpawn
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: ☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 17,503
Liked 2652 Times on 1709 Posts
Likes Given: 2155

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by inturnldemize View Post
...of getting an infected batch? Chances are i'm being a little paranoid here but I just want to make sure my batch will be good! I have no signs of infection at all but the whole bottling process worries me a little. I'm going to bottle on Friday.

Everything that touched my wort was sanitized, whenever I took my hydro readings, I sanitized the cup I used. Believe it or not, i'm fermenting the beer in my room lol. Not sure if this can have a bearing on anything. Also, for my own obsessive curiosity, I would open the lid of my fermenter 1-2 times a day. However, i'd always open it just a crack, like 2 inches.

Basically, how often do infected batches happen? Has anyone gotten them before and what's the ratio of infected to non-infected batches?

Thanks peeps. Always helpful!
Clear carboys, glass or plastic (Better Bottles) for you would be better if you want to watch the fermentation progress.


__________________
It is finished, It is finished - IT IS THE MERCY
passedpawn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thank You and odds and ends brw4me2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 09-19-2011 01:28 PM
What are the odds..... KillJoy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 04-25-2011 01:01 PM
Recommended odds & ends Dave258 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 10-08-2009 10:16 PM
What ae the odds of an infection? SeanyP321 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-30-2009 11:14 PM
beat the odds sheephrdr Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 21 12-12-2005 07:05 PM



Newest Threads