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Old 09-03-2008, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default Fixing contamination?

So I'm slightly new to brewing and I'm probably about to ask a dumb question, but I need some help since I don't want to dump a full batch down the drain.

I just finished up a Vanilla Porter and think I may have picked up a bacterial contamination. I can't pick out the exact off flavor, but I just know the beer doesn't taste right. I fully sanitized all of my equipment, as well as the Vanilla beans that went into the secondary, so I'm not sure what could have caused it.

I was just curious as to whether or not there was any way of correcting a bacterial infection after the beer was bottled. Like I said, it's more than likely a dumb question, but I needed to get a good answer before I dumped the batch.

Any help would be great.


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Old 09-03-2008, 03:21 AM   #2
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A few questions for you?

How long ago did you brew? Is this beer bottled yet? Young beer has some weird tastes and could be perfectly fine.

BTW, Welcome to Homebrewtalk.


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Sometimes with additions like vanilla the flavors need time to mellow. How long has it been?
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for getting back to me.

It's been bottled for about a month and a half. I've sampled one a week (after two weeks of conditioning) and so far it hasn't gotten any better. Although the Cherry Wheat I did two months ago is just starting to come around to where I want it, it seemed to get better each time I sampled it. The Vanilla porter however is not improving which is what has me thinking it could be a contamination.
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