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    Thought that might be a problem. Gonna have to spend more money, I guess! I have access to an autoclave, has anyone every had success with this sterilization method?
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    Kai - super tart is a good description. Are you saying the strictly aerobic bacteria are the lacto's or pedio's or the acetobacter? You're thinking anaerobes due to the fact that the beer is flat?
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    Okay... gotcha'! Thank you very much! Will keep you updated! :tank:
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    OK Yuri - if I hear what you are saying, you suggest opening a bottle (if it wasn't flat already, let it go flat) add a tsp or so of sugar (or vodka) and sit covered for a week. The yeast thats still there will convert the sugar to alcohol that the acetobacter will use up. The acetobacter...
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    VERY interesting. I'll not only find out what ingredients are being used, but open one up and let it sit. Thanks so very much! You describe a "mother"... is that the mother of infection?
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    Yuri - I left out an important point. The beer is flat to begin with.
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    Holy smokes... Hearing that it could be a bacterial infection is a SCORE for me. I'm a MICROBIOLOGIST (!) here in Colorado. I'll take home some culturettes tonight and work them up for bacteria. Should I culture only the fluid part of the beer, the sediment in the bottom of the...
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    Yuri - distinct smell of vinegar, but tastes more like "sour" than "vinegar", however (whatever that particular difference may be!) I would not equate the sour-ness with something that would go in a salad dressing... haha! It's more like the sensation of biting into a raw lemon.
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    Germey - great points! This beer is what I would call very sour, however. Although it doesn't taste like a lemon, I can't only compare the sourness to biting into a raw lemon. It almost takes your breath away. :eek: I'd expect bitter beer to do the same thing, however, this beer tastes...
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    Hi all! My husband has had bad luck twice now with batches of beer that are very, VERY sour. Is there a particular thing that contributes to this? ie: sterilization technique, fermentation time, etc? Or, can it be a combination of things? Thanks for helping me out with a very...
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