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Old 02-20-2009, 05:41 AM   #1
Jan 2009
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Hello my friends,

Recently, I have been culturing some hoegaarden witbier yeast. I smelled the starter bottle the other day, and its scent was not sweet, as I would expect. On the other hand, it smelled slightly bitter and acidic. Think this is infection? This is only slightly, not a strong smell. A bit noticeable.

Is there any other information I could provide you to help determine what it is?

Previously I let the same yeast fermet to finish, and it smelled sweet, while this sample has come out smelling bitter and acidic (not fermeted to finish yet)


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Old 02-20-2009, 06:14 AM   #2
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I think you need other signs for it to be an infection. From my experience, I found that starters don't exactly smell the same as what you'd expect beer to smell like.

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:16 AM   #3
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Does that mean you think it's safe?

Could these scents be infections?

Thanks, Marius

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Old 02-20-2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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Smelling bitter and acidic doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad batch. Look up some of the infection threads and if your starter looks like that, then yea it should be dumped. But as of right now I wouldn't.
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