ball bearings = dumped beer

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ricksam

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Ooooohhhhh, the humanity! I just had to dump my first 5 gallon batch because of the metalic taste the ball bearings I used for dry hopping released into my beer. Unsure if it was the fact that these were from a used bearing or not, but they went in shiney and clean and came out of the beer a dark color and the beer tasted and even looked gnarly. Extent of damage may not be fully realized yet as this was done in a Better Bottle so I'm hoping the plastic doesn't absorb that taste...

Let these 5 gallons forever be martyred in the quest for great beer...
 

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Hey at least you could get your daily recommended dose of iron. SS bearings next time?
 

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Yeah I would use stainless or glass marbles. What were the used bearings from?
 
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Well, the bearing came from my WD45 Allis Chalmers tractor that I was tearing apart this last winter...that *&^$%[email protected]% piece of shat showed me who was boss by wrecking my beer.
I use hop pellets and usually just toss them in, but I was a little shy on beer volume and wanted to eliminate any loss to hop matter so I tried the bag with balls. See if I can round up enough marbles for the next effort I guess....
I appreciate the support fellow brewers...it is helping with my healing...

tractor & brew.jpg
 
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ricksam

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Hey at least you could get your daily recommended dose of iron. SS bearings next time?
Yes, yes, in this case it was an ipa...so i guess the i stood for iron!
 

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So you couldn't toss a magnet into the beer to remove the metallic taste?

I will take very despirate measures before dumping 5gals, and even if I do I'll run it through a still first...
 

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Interesting tactic, how did you clean the bearings before adding? It might have been the grease that was still on the bearings that transferred a flavor rather than the balls themselves. Even shiny bearings, used or new will probably have a grease residue.

Sorry to hear about the beerly departed, but that's what you get for clashing two worlds together. You going to fuel that tractor on Doppelbock? ;)
 

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That's tough. And to think, I thought it was all ball bearings these days! :)
 

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Just throw it in next time. I dry hop a lot and never had a problem. Use the pellets.
 
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Interesting tactic, how did you clean the bearings before adding? It might have been the grease that was still on the bearings that transferred a flavor rather than the balls themselves. Even shiny bearings, used or new will probably have a grease residue.

Sorry to hear about the beerly departed, but that's what you get for clashing two worlds together. You going to fuel that tractor on Doppelbock? ;)
Cleaned em good. Soaked the hell outta them. I imagine some oil could have been impregnated into the steel but this was metal taste. Lesson learned I guess...

Gotta get my still together so I can make some fuel.:mug:
 
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