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Old 02-27-2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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How can you tell if your beer is contaminated with bacteria? Are there any tell tale signs?

 
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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How can you tell if your beer is contaminated with bacteria? Are there any tell tale signs?
Smell and taste. If it's contaminated you'll know it. Even if it is bad (unlikely), it's not likely to be something that will make you sick.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:02 AM   #3
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Smell and taste. If it's contaminated you'll know it. Even if it is bad (unlikely), it's not likely to be something that will make you sick.
It's more that just not likely. It's impossible. Nothing that can hurt you can survive in beer.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:03 AM   #4
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Your chances of getting food poisoning by beer is zero.

Your chances of worrying about something you see, smell, or taste in fermenting beer is probably much more likely. Relax, let the beer finish what it's doing, then bottle it, condition it, and THEN you can drink it & judge it.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:08 AM   #5
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In my opinion and Im no expert by any means period. There is a very sour smell in the primary and a dark sinester look, is that where yours is ? The primary that is. As far as a food boune illness it wouldn't be responsible to say with out further knowledge of your beer. I hope this helps. Sorry I could not offer more. I have found a lot of good information lurking on this sight. Try to use the search feature for contaminated beer and see what you find.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:24 AM   #6
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Its in the keg, had three pints the other night. Got really sick for 24 hours vomiting and such. The beer is drinkable but there is a funny aftertaste. I just wonder if its the beer? Cleaned and sanitized the keg with pbw before racking its been on co2 for about two weeks. But I really think that might be what got me sick.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:32 AM   #7
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I have a friend that contends that a flu shot made him bad sick. It's well known that that can't happen but there is no way to convince him.

I doubt that it's the beer, all the bad beer I ever had I couldn't get past one swallow much less three pints.

Beer has been known since ancient times to be a good substitute for bad water.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:40 AM   #8
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Allergies are always a possibility, but beer itself is remarkably sanitary (as far as pathogens are concerned.)

Back in the day, brewing was used to make potentially unsafe water sanitary enough to drink.

I would look at the other foods you had before you got sick before the beer. That said, if it's making you sick, don't drink it.

Also, PBW isn't a sanitizer, it's a cleaner.

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:25 AM   #9
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Fair enough, ide rather not dump the beer. I will just have to test it on some friends and see what happens

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:27 AM   #10
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Used starsan after the pbw also forgot to mention that

 
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