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Old 03-27-2013, 02:24 AM   #1
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Brewer's Best Kolsch Kit, put it in about 3 weeks ago, haven't unsealed it since. Opened it up to bottle today, and this is what I saw.

This is an infection, correct? What do I do? Dump it? Bottle it anyway?

If I bottle, aren't I bottling bombs, if they're infected?





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Old 03-27-2013, 03:06 AM   #2
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That doesn't look good... though I do not believe an infection will make a bottle bomb necessarily. However I wouldn't bottle that. Is there an ex girlfriend in your life you could dump that on?



 
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:14 AM   #3
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Have you tasted it?
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:37 AM   #4
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Tastes fine. Only had one or two commercial Kolsches in my life, but this seems to fit the "craft beer for BMC drinkers" title...
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:42 AM   #5
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Tastes fine. Only had one or two commercial Kolsches in my life, but this seems to fit the "craft beer for BMC drinkers" title...
Maybe it's not infected. Maybe rack it to another vessel and wait another week to see what happens.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:45 AM   #6
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Maybe it's not infected. Maybe rack it to another vessel and wait another week to see what happens.

+1.

Fermentation can leave some weird stuff behind.

 
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:13 AM   #7
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Eh, decided to just bottle it. The FG was where it should be, about 1.03, it'd been in there for a while. If it's gross in 3 weeks after fermenting, i'll dump it. If i get a few explode, i'll dump the rest, but for right now, it tastes great.
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Eh, decided to just bottle it. The FG was where it should be, about 1.03, it'd been in there for a while. If it's gross in 3 weeks after fermenting, i'll dump it. If i get a few explode, i'll dump the rest, but for right now, it tastes great.
What was your OG? A FG of 1.03 is really high IMO.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #9
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FG of 1030? I'd treat those suckers like unexploded ordinance.

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Old 03-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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It does look like the initial stages of a pellicle Yeah 1.030 is way high unless you made an imperial kolsch or something... (maybe you meant to type 1.003) if it's wild yeast like Brett it will keep attenuating that beer and you might get some bombs... Any equipment that touched that beer I would for sure clean really well. I might even do a bleach soak to nuke anything in there. Is your fermentation bucket old? If so consider replacing it.

I would wait two weeks and try a bottle. If it tastes funky weird but has a good carbonation level then refrigerate as many bottles as you can and drink em fast!



 
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