Originally Posted by henchman24
My fear is I may have caused an infection.
Thanks for the replies.
I've had 1 infection since I started brewing a little over a year ago, and it was after my boil when I checked the wort temp. I didn't clean and sanitize the thermometer and realized it afterwards. I ended up with 5 gallons of malt vinegar and it only took about 1 week before it was obvious that it was vinegar. My subsequent batch had a very similar smell because the plastic buckets are bad about holding smells in them. I was freaking out, but as it turned out, the batch wasn't infected and after about 3 weeks it smelled and tasted better.
You will see and smell all kinds of weird things in the first few weeks and chances are by week 3-4 you'll have a completely different product than the first 2 weeks. The same goes for bottle/keg conditioning. Let it sit for as long as you can and it will continue to improve. I've found for most of my beers (except wheats and dry hopped beers) they peak around 4 months.
Congratulations on your first brew!