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Old 08-04-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hey all. Here's a first for me so bear with me. Three weeks ago, I brewed an AG American Wheat with orange zest. I was low on my OG (still dialing in my AG system, so no biggie there) but I went to transfer today to bottle the beer and I found a dead bee inside my fermenter. I had a good, normal fermentation with no signs of infection at all. The only way a bug could have gotten in was during the sparge which means it was there during the boil or during the 15 minutes of cooling. Here is my dilemma: if it got in during the sparge or boil, shouldn't be an issue, right? If it got in during cooling, that could be a big problem in my eyes.
I am torn between bottling and seeing what happens and dumping the whole batch.
Has this happened to anyone? Do you have any advice?
Thanks in advance - I'd hate to dump the batch, but I am open to any and all advice.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Just taste it.

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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My gravity samples tasted good but I'm wondering if there could be any really nasties the bee could have brought to the party that would possibly get people sick.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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I don't think the extra protein from the bee will cause an off taste or anything else.

And if you remove the bee no-one can get the stinger.

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:53 PM   #5
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My gravity samples tasted good but I'm wondering if there could be any really nasties the bee could have brought to the party that would possibly get people sick.
It all ready fermented, right? If its going to develop an infection then it is either there or it isn't. If it tastes good, bottle it.

 
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:54 AM   #6
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So I went ahead and bottled it - I guess we will see in a couple of weeks. :-)
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Yeah if it tastes fine I say don't worry about it. If you reached your expected FG and the beer has alcohol in it, there won't be anything living in it that can get anybody sick. So if it tastes good, you're golden.

 
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:05 AM   #8
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I suggest you grab the lil' bastard by the wings, shake the piss out of him, and scream "SPIT IT OUT, YA BASTARD!!!!!
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:07 AM   #9
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Maybe you'll get more of a "buzz" than expected!

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:18 AM   #10
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I think it is probably fine. However, I would box up the bottles and put a garbage bag around them just in case. After a few weeks you should know for sure.

 
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