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Old 06-30-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Can this be saved or should I dump it?

I have a beer that I made last week and for the first day the airlock smelt great. Then on the second day I smelt it and it doesn't smell like beer any more. Smells horrible, like garbage. The beer was suppose to be a Hefe. What do I need to do to tell if this beer can be saved. By saved I mean by making it into a sour beer or Lambic. I would love to add some raspberries and make it like Linderman's (wife's favorite beer).

also what do your sours smell like?


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Old 06-30-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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It's a hefeweizen. Those yeasts are notorious for smelling bad. Leave it alone.


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Old 06-30-2010, 05:28 PM   #3
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Leave it alone. And get out of the idea of thinking that you EVER need to dump a batch of beer.

You don't dump your beer, for making a minor little mistake. Your beer is hardier than that.

And you don't dump something because you think it's going to turn out bad. You only dump a beer that you KNOW is bad, and you give it at least a couple of months in the bottle before you even make THAT decision.

Read theses two threads that were compiled for nervous new brewers to realize that your beers are not a weak baby that is going to die if you look at it wrong.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what...t-great-96780/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

Our beer is really resilient despite the boneheaded things we do to it. And even if something appears to be wrong, often time and the yeasties go along way to correct itself.

I think about it in terms of my time and money, I'm not going to dump 30 or more dollars worth of ingredients, 6 hours of brewing time, and at least 2 months from yeast pitch to cracking the first bottle, on what could be a minor mistake (that may not even harm the beer anyway,) until I have exhausted all probability that the beer won't improve. And even then that means at least walking away from the bottles for maybe 6 months or more.

And so far I have never beer wrong.

After all these years of brewing I still haven't had a dumper.

And I've made some big mistakes.

But I have never had a beer that wasn't at least palatable, after all that time.

They may have not been stellar beers, but they were still better than BMC or Skunky Beers in green bottles that people actually pay money for.

So just read those threads and next time, relax, and give your beer a chance to prove how strong it really is.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:28 PM   #4
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Smell and taste it when it's done fermenting. Day two is no indication how the beer will turn out.
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