Originally Posted by jkendal
If you can't taste any off-flavors then I doubt it's infected. Just because you see weird things going on in the ferrmenter doesn't automatically mean it's infected. If it IS infected you would know by tasting it. Keep going forward in the process, treating it like any other beer and I bet it will be just fine.
that post saying that i couldn't taste anything was made early on, when this situation of mine was quite new. now that it's manifested itself in several batches, i can definitely pick out the off-flavor. that stout was the first time the infection popped up and it was robust enough to mask most of the off-flavor. more delicate beers like a saison and a belgian blond can't hide it. the off-taste appears to get worse with time in the bottle. the blond tasted fine in the bottling bucket, but a few weeks later the off-flavor was there.
thanks for your kind words of encouragement