Just brewed a beer last week that literally is viscous... it's like watered down honey. When I pulled the hydometer out of the cylinder for a gravity check, there was a strand of liquid coming off the hydrometer vice a drop. I'm guessing this beer has some bacteria or some other critter? Any advice on what this is... and if the beer is drinkable?
Back to the original post here. Why does everyone think this is infected? There's really not enough description to merit that assessment. The first thing one needs to do is smell and taste a sample and go from there.
Some clues, "brewed last week" - could it be some yeast still clinging to hop oils? Is the "liquid coming off the hydrometer" looking like the legs in a glass of whiskey or mead like it's got a lot of alcohol?
Maybe a picture would help.
Anyway, I rarely throw anything out. I just make more room somewhere and wait.