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Old 03-10-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default So you ruin your batch of beer what do you do?



So you brew it ferment it keg it and it doesn't taste right? something is wrong, you have a bug etc...


Who has tried or has anyone ever tried or is it even possible to

" start over " with that batch that you considered ruined? Meaning if you have a really light beer use it as your brew water instead of your regular water?

I can't see doing it but I am really curious if someone out there has tried it?

I mean it could be close to the souring process in a way. lol

I'd like to hear about the results of some of those experiments.

Extract,

all-grain or steep

and even powder?


How horrible or suprise suprise it turned out o.k.




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Old 03-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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I wouldn't use it as brew water the alcohol would vaporize during the process. And it would end up double hopped.

How bad did your's turn out? If I get some brett/wild stuff in my IPAs I don't really worry about it. I got something wild in a brown and had the bugs to make a sour in the fridge so I just finished the process. I don't throw stuff away usually. A good wild/sour will mellow and come together after a while ageing.


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I've had a lot of beer that didn't turn out how I wanted it to, but it was still drinkable. You just have to enjoy it for what it is. And as Double D said, aging will improve most anything.
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If it's really a lost cause then terminate with extreme prejudice.

If it's questionable, try to fix it.
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let it age, dont dump it or try and make something else with it, bottle it up and sit on it for a ew months...chances are that it will turn out good.
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If it is at all drinkable, I say drink it. It will only make you appreciate the truly good batches that much more. You can always dilute it with an IPA to make it more palatable.
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Move to new zealand and distill it
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My batch is fine I've been drinking it with not issues. I was just curious at how creative some were with it if they were or if anyone has tried anything with it other than just drink it. I wouldn't say that I"m so hard up for beer that if I had a bad batch I would keep it. But If I ever do end up with a bad batch I am such a cheap skate that I would try to do something with it.

Sour it, hell maybe even try to distil it. Just curious if anyone has tried to re-brew it i some way shape form or fashion and if it was possible?



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Once I had a brewthat smelled sour. Right or wrong, I syphoned it into the boil kettle, reheated it to just under boiling, added dme and cooled it back down. After no signs of refermentation, I pitched new yeast and let it go.

It turned out ok, and the sour taste went away.

Fwiw, the brew had been in the primary for 4 weeks when I started to smell and taste a slight sour taste
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I have a batch of imperial stout that never got down to an acceptable final gravity. No matter what I did I could not get it to drop below 1.036, and while it is very tasty it is simply too viscous and sweet. So, I have decided to brew another imperial stout but mash it super low and pitch a more aggressive yeast to make it quite dry than combine the two batches and bottle it. The older batch has sat in secondary for about 7 months, so it will be a novel mix of young and aged beer. Either that or I could throw it avial of Brett and see what happens.

That is my story.


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