Hey all! I've been brewing for 10 or so years on and off and had only one problem with contaminated beer......well up until this last batch. Its a pale ale, and I used sierra nevada yeast, (I do propogate my yeast and have been for quite some time) ........anyway, I noticed a slightly off smell when the beer was in the fermenter, I generally brew lagers and thought it was probably just the ale yeast. Well, here we are 3 weeks after bottling and the beer has a kind of butterscotch (Its hard to describe) aftertaste. The beer is not overcarbonated and doesnt foam excessively, it cleared nicely too......So the question is, what happened, and is it safe to drink?? Its not terribly bad (and I HATE to dump 4 cases) But I dont want to get sick either......I am a stickler for sanitation and I'm thinking my yeast maybe was contaminated....any ideas/suggestions????
I'm guessing it'll have to be dumped.
Thanks in advance, and happy brewin!