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Old 11-20-2009, 04:35 AM   #1
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I was given a hopped lme porter kit for free. I noticed that the kit says use before october 2009, and that the lid is bulging.

With that said should i even bother with this kit, or should i just toss it?

I recently just stepped up to partial mashes and have been having better results than extract kits, but i figured a free kit is a free kit.

I know the bulging is a sign that the kit has gone bad, but does that mean it might just have off flavors, or is it going to get someone sick like a bulging can at a grocery store?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
primary:15 minute Cascade Pale Ale
Primary 2: Cream of 3 crops
Primary 3: Sam Adams Holiday Porter Clone
bottled:BM's Blue Balls Belgian Wit
15 Minute Cascade Pale Ale
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:01 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but bulging scares me. Could be as simple as the can froze and the expansion of the water in the syrup as it crystallized popped the top out a bit, or could be scary weirdness living in there. It is a food product, after all, so even though you're boiling it, if it is infected with something it may have produced toxins that could still cause sickness. Just a gut feel, but I'd toss it.

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:03 AM   #3
I use secondaries. :p
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If the lid is bulging, I'd toss it. It could get you sick (botulism), but even if it doesn't, do you really want to invest a bunch of time in making a batch of beer that probably is going to taste funky?
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:24 AM   #4
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+1 on botulism.

Toss it. Free botulism is not worth the money you paid for it.
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