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Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:05:50 PM »
I've never come across this before and am curious what the infection may have been. I was just in one of my regular beer stores and they were opening fresh deliveries. One of the boxes had a six pack of a well known pilsner, but one of the bottles was missing a cap. It obviously was missed on the bottling line as it didn't explode off in transit either. I of course asked, "I wonder if it's still good?" She didn't want to, so she let me try it. It was the sourest beer I've ever tasted, like no good kinda sour, and I LOVE sour beers. It had obviously contracted an infection. I'm not sure which one however. I know the processes that cause a beer to sour, but I've never heard of it happening in a beer that had already finished (we tested another beer in that pack and it was fine). Just curious. Thoughts?

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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2014, 10:14:24 PM »
I've never come across this before and am curious what the infection may have been. I was just in one of my regular beer stores and they were opening fresh deliveries. One of the boxes had a six pack of a well known pilsner, but one of the bottles was missing a cap. It obviously was missed on the bottling line as it didn't explode off in transit either. I of course asked, "I wonder if it's still good?" She didn't want to, so she let me try it. It was the sourest beer I've ever tasted, like no good kinda sour, and I LOVE sour beers. It had obviously contracted an infection. I'm not sure which one however. I know the processes that cause a beer to sour, but I've never heard of it happening in a beer that had already finished (we tested another beer in that pack and it was fine). Just curious. Thoughts?

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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 01:51:40 PM »
No cap? How did the beer not spill out during transit?
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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 05:40:41 PM »
Ew.  That cap came off somewhere along the line.  who knows what you drank.
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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2014, 05:53:07 PM »
Ew.  That cap came off somewhere along the line.  who knows what you drank.

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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 07:37:23 PM »
Perhaps the cap blew off in a warehouse somewhere, but the case it was in had no cap nor signs of any spillage and the beer was filled near to the top. Odd. I'm in Seattle and it came from Victory in Philly, so it definitely made a trek to get here. I didn't die overnight, it was just a tiny sip afterall, so I'll go with the malt vinegar explanation.

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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2014, 07:39:02 PM »
You're bolder than I.  For sure.

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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2014, 08:29:37 PM »
You're bolder than I.  For sure.

I keep thinking "urine."
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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2014, 09:13:30 PM »
A long time ago (maybe even 20 years) I bought a pack of Whitbread. Upon getting home I found that all of the bottles were only half-filled. I took it back to the store (gourmet grocery, Jungle Jims in Cincinnati) and approached the beer counter. A woman was working on paperwork with her head down, and I said, "Excuse me, I've got a problem with a beer I bought here." Her head dropped a little, as if she was thinking "Oh No! Not another beer geek." I showed her the bottles, and she burst out laughing. "Don't you know that's Whitbread's new light beer?" What a great impromptu line! In discussing it with her she told me they'd had lots of problems with Whitbread packaging. "They must have the worst quality control of any beer we get." She told me they had received entire pallets where not a single bottle had a cap, and mostly unspilled. I never saw one of those bottles, and I'm not entirely certain I would have tasted one if I did.
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Re: Commercial Bottle w/o Cap Came Out Super Sour
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2014, 12:15:41 AM »
A long time ago (maybe even 20 years) I bought a pack of Whitbread. Upon getting home I found that all of the bottles were only half-filled. I took it back to the store (gourmet grocery, Jungle Jims in Cincinnati) and approached the beer counter. A woman was working on paperwork with her head down, and I said, "Excuse me, I've got a problem with a beer I bought here." Her head dropped a little, as if she was thinking "Oh No! Not another beer geek." I showed her the bottles, and she burst out laughing. "Don't you know that's Whitbread's new light beer?" What a great impromptu line! In discussing it with her she told me they'd had lots of problems with Whitbread packaging. "They must have the worst quality control of any beer we get." She told me they had received entire pallets where not a single bottle had a cap, and mostly unspilled. I never saw one of those bottles, and I'm not entirely certain I would have tasted one if I did.

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