My first brew ever which was Caribou Slobber, 2 weeks in the bottle. I tasted the first one Yesterday. More to know what 2 weeks in the bottle tasted like rather than expectations that it was done and ready to drink.
It had been carbing at 62 to 64 degrees, since I can't find a warmer place in the house. That said it was medium carbed I think, moderate hiss at opening, no head really, but slight tingle on the tongue. I tasted the 2 Hydrometer samples prior to bottling and while they tasted watery, there was no aftertaste or bad flavors
I drank 1/2 the bottle from a glass and I kept getting this odd, strange bitter taste in the back of my throat. Its not a hops bitter, but more of a metallicish, sickening taste. its very hard to describe. I can only think of describing it as the stuff you'de put on little kids fingernails to stop them from biting their nails. A bad bitter flavor.
about 1/2 hour later I felt ill, nauseous and stomach cramps. Moved from my stomache to lower and is lasting until today. I can still (10 hours later) sort of taste that bitter taste in my throat.
Here is my bottling process: Washed each bottle with PBW and bottle brush, rinsed each and drain in a dish rack. Filled a large tub (like a party beer tub) 1/4 way with starsan and sub merged each bottle and left them for 5 min or more. Drained each bottle and placed it in the lower dishwasher rack, which I had sprayed the lower and upper racks with a fair amount of starsan from a spray bottle. From there they drained and I would bottle what was in the dishwasher before refilling it with bottles from the tub.
I was very conscientious with sanitation, but I would not say I was fanatical about it. But I did sanitize everything that I used, bottling bucket, wand, priming water, etc...
One thing that occured, which I hate to admit, but "may" be the issue. My wife has long dark hair and it gets ALL over the house, everywhere.
After bottling maybe 1/2 the batch, I saw a stringy thing hanging off the bottling wand (im bottling over the dishwasher rack as Revy suggests). It was one of my wife's hairs stuck to the wand. How it got there I don't know, but I was careful enough with the stuff not to like drop it on the floor or counter etc...
I've read xyz, you need to have your body adjust to home brew yeasts, etc.... while I'm willing to accept that might be part of it, I think the flavor is related.
I'm resigned to try and up the carb temperature and leave it alone for maybe another month in the bottle.
So, What do you think, is this flavor and resulting sickness an infection, is the hair involved, would I see an infection in the beer? I have 2 clear PET bottles bottled, so I can see the beer and it looks fine.
Whats going on here? Any Ideas?
But, RDWHAHB isn't going to work, since I'm loathing trying another one of these from this batch.