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Old 08-20-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
btmann
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When I cracked open my fermenter, I found a yellow jacket floating on top. It tastes oddly bitter. Could this be from contamination from bee? It must have hit the wort during chilling. Any thoughts?



 
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:59 AM   #2
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The bee tastes bitter because of the hops in the beer he drank!

Seriously, bacteria take some time to sour a beer, although I would not rule out wild yeast.

Call it Yellow Jacket (what ever style), and enjoy it until and if it gets undrinkable....



 
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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I am not kidding, I just read something about bee's or yellow Jackets having one of the best yeast's for making beer in them. I wish I could find where I read it? It was one of those mental notes; "if I am one of the last people on the earth, I gotta find some bee's to make beer". You should name this beer "Yellow Jacket"

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:17 AM   #4
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Your beer will be fine.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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I think the bigger question is, how did a bee get into an airtight fermenter?

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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People need to remember that bees, wasps and hornets are not the same thing.
I am a beekeeper and dislike how people mix them all the time. (Pet peeve)

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by onthekeg
People need to remember that bees, wasps and hornets are not the same thing.
I am a beekeeper and dislike how people mix them all the time. (Pet peeve)
I differentiate bees from the latter but have never truly understood the difference between wasps and hornets. Size, stripes, color. If they've got dangling legs and abdomen then they're a wasp to me.

 
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #8
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I used to kill anything that flew near my beer. My girl is taking a college course about the extinction of some bee so I'm not allowed to go on a killing frenzy anymore



 
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