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Old 01-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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So my standard ale kit beer is clearly infected. It smells sour and has grown a film on the surface. However i find the smell delicious! To me it smells like a lambic. Is there any harm in bottling and trying to drink it?

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Nope, seems like the best option. Be careful of bottle bombs depending on where your finished og is and length in the bottles may be.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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i tasted it though and it seems decent, its been sitting for about 20 days

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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It just smells so good! i want to be able to drink this.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Nope, seems like the best option. Be careful of bottle bombs depending on where your finished og is and length in the bottles may be.
seconded; check your gravity, wait a week, check it again; if they are the same, prime and bottle as usual (assuming you've already let it ferment down to or lower than your estimated fg). Two weeks after that, let us know how it tastes, also if it's carbed up enough, put it somewhere cool just to be on the safe side (garage maybe).
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
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seconded; check your gravity, wait a week, check it again; if they are the same, prime and bottle as usual (assuming you've already let it ferment down to or lower than your estimated fg). Two weeks after that, let us know how it tastes, also if it's carbed up enough, put it somewhere cool just to be on the safe side (garage maybe).
so in other words i can bottle this and give it a shot.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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taste it and let us know how it is
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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If it really is infected, then bottling it is bad advice. You're begging for bottle bombs.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #9
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Hard to say what the final OG is on an infected beer. Best let it sit for a while. At least an extra month or two.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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I just opened a bottle of a raisin porter from a batch that got massively infected during secondary back in November of 2011. I just let it sit for a year and bottled about 1/4 of it last November (2012) and it tastes spectacular.

 
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