What do with with batch gone wrong

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  1. TonyTX05

    TonyTX05 New Member

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    So, I started with this recipe from my local supply shop for a 5 gallon batch:

    • 5.5 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Wheat
      2 lb Torrified Wheat
      1 lb American - Pale 2-Row
      0.8 lb Canadian - Honey Malt
      0.5 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 10L
    I asked them to scale it down for a 1 gallon batch, and this is what I got:

    • 1 lb Dry Malt Extract - Wheat
      1 lb Torrified Wheat
      3 oz American - Pale 2-Row
      3 oz Canadian - Honey Malt
      1 oz American - Caramel / Crystal 10L

    As you might notice in bold, they failed to scale the torrified wheat properly, which completely threw everything off. I went ahead and bottled just to see how it would turn out, and I got something that doesn't taste terrible but is lacking in hops and way too sweet. So the question is now I have 9 bottles of this stuff left, is there anything I can do with it like using it in making a future batch of beer, or should I just dump it down the drain?
     
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    In 20 years of brewing, I dumped my first batch down the drain just last month. Screwed up recipe that my friend was in charge of. I'm certainly not blaming myself! It was supposed to be a Fat Tire clone (found here at this site). I named it Flat Tire. It was a 5 gallon batch. I bet there's 2 kinds of homebrewers: those who have dumped a batch, and those who will.
     
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    Ha! Yeah, I think you're probably right.

    Actually, my wife had a bottle tonight with some grapefruit shrub. The sourness/bitterness of the shrub seems to help balance it out some. Guess I'll leave to her to "dispose" of!
     
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    If it's sweet, try making ice cream floats. Seriously.
     
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    Agreed, look for some way to use it. When I get around to it, I'm dumping a batch of Porter, yes, all the bottles I have left of it, due to a mashing error. I added chalk to the mash to bring the pH down. Later found that doing that encourages formation of microscopic crystals of apatite - calcium phosphate. Imagine dropping a Mentos into your beer and you have a good idea of what happens when I open one. Moral is we all screw up from time to time. Accept it, live with it, learn from it and, if you have a lawn, you can at least use a bad batch as earthworm food - the microbes they eat just absolutely love beer and aren't picky about the quality.
     
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    Don't dump it if you can help it. Nothing worse than a bunch of drunk, out of control earthworms and microbes!
     
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    Use it in a beef stew recipe! Pour a bottle and add a dash of cardamom or some other spice. I would play with each bottle just to see what might make for a neat combo in terms of your next attempt. Experiment the heck out of it! - I'd only dump if it were sour...

    I've been to a pub where they were "dry hopping" right in the glass they poured for you. You could try the same. BUy some hop pellets and use a tea ball (steeper) to dry hop in the poured glass. YOu might just be surprised with what you come up with.
     

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