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Old 10-07-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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I Made A Wheat Beer With Extract Sryup. It Taste Funny, Real Sour. What Am I Doing Wrong. My Last Beer Taste The Same.

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Old 10-07-2007, 03:14 AM   #2
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More info would help alot, brew day, fermentation temps and what you are brewing
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:33 AM   #3
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i've had some wheat beers taste sour when they were green. they got better with age. i had one that was sour after the boil...never found out what happened there...hops were bad, maybe.

your recipe and other details will help. it's possible it was infection, but usually that's not the case. how long has it been in the bottle?
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:12 PM   #4
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Sour can be a sign of infection by bacteria or that you've made a Lambic, which are intentionally soured by Bretanomyces bruxellensis and B. lambicus. It can also due to age. I had two small ales go sour recently as they got near the end of the keg.

Cleaning and sanitization are the only way to control bacteria. Many breweries will not make Lambics, because it is so hard to get rid of the organisms once they are in the brewery.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:09 AM   #5
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I started on sept. 1st. I used 2 cans of coopers unhopped lme and boiled for one hour. I added 1 oz. of domestic tettnanger hops at the start and 1 oz of the same at 30 minutes into it. Cooled it to 70 deg. and pitched one dry pack of safbrew t-58 yeast. Left in primary for 10 days then in secondary for 10 days. Bottled it and let sit for 12 days. I am new at homebrewing. I thought I was doing everything right. My last batch was a sparkling ale that tasted the same. Fermentation temp. was 70 degs. +/-2.

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:16 AM   #6
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Sounds good, maybe the LME was old? How well did you sanitize all of your equipment, buckets, siphoning hoses, etc.?

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:46 AM   #7
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It could be the "extract twang" that really comes through in green beers brewed from extract.

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:52 AM   #8
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I agree with DeathBrewer, sometimes wheat beers will be sour when green. I especially remember this happening with extract wheat beers. I'd give it another couple weeks.
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