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Offline BrodyR

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Horrific Infection
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:30:58 PM »
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What horror is this? I tried my normal pale ale with a variance of Vermont Ale Yeast ordered from the yeast bay. Fermentation seemed pretty mellow by airlock activity/krausen but gravity was dropping so I let it be. I went to dry hop and discovered this. Think it's safe to drink? Think I should ditch the bucket after?

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 09:37:30 PM »
Looks like a lactic infection.  Might be drinkable. It's better than mold.

Give the bucket a good cleaning followed by a soak with a bleach solution.  Triple rinse.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 09:43:35 PM »
The infection could be brett or even mold.  It's difficult to tell from the photograph.  Is the infection fuzzy? 
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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 09:46:31 PM »
By the way, have you been playing with non-Saccharomyces cultures such a Brett, Pedio, or Lacto?

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2015, 10:25:07 PM »
Not really fuzzy and no, I haven't been messing with any Brett/Lacto/Pedio. I wonder how much effect a but of Lacto will have on a hoppy pale ale.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 10:35:08 PM »
Since it is hoppy, I think it probably is not Lacto. It could be brett, but you'll really need to taste it and report back. By the way, I think it looks awesome because I just got into making sours over a year ago, however, I intended for them to look that way.
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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 10:37:09 PM »
Since it is hoppy, I think it probably is not Lacto. It could be brett, but you'll really need to taste it and report back. By the way, I think it looks awesome because I just got into making sours over a year ago, however, I intended for them to look that way.

Hmm, lacto doesn't like hops? I haven't tried any sours so unfamiliar.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2015, 10:39:24 PM »
that picture looks like a new planet   :o
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2015, 10:43:50 PM »
that picture looks like a new planet   :o

Yea.. sigh... hahah.

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2015, 10:46:45 PM »
I would guess brett or possibly acetobacter.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2015, 11:10:09 PM »

that picture looks like a new planet   :o

Yea.. sigh... hahah.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 11:32:15 PM »
Which Yeast Bay yeast did you use? I have used several of their sour blends and that is exactly what it looked like. I wonder if they sent you the wrong yeast, or maybe it was mislabeled. Let it ride and maybe it will turn out pretty good!
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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2015, 01:04:11 AM »
Which Yeast Bay yeast did you use? I have used several of their sour blends and that is exactly what it looked like. I wonder if they sent you the wrong yeast, or maybe it was mislabeled. Let it ride and maybe it will turn out pretty good!

Vermont, the Conan one. Yea we'll see how it rolls - I bought 2 vials. Was planning on reusing this one but will scrap it with the infection and brew the same beer with the second one for comparison.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 01:29:20 AM »
That's odd. Considering manufacturing is handled by whitelabs, I imagine the quality control is high. Very strange.

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Re: Horrific Infection
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2015, 01:44:58 AM »
What does it smell like?