It seems that the hoses on my chiller were leaking into the brew kettle…. and introduced some evil bacteriae into the beer. When I went to bottle the OKtoberfest it was sour. I poured it all out.
Later I got to thinking about it… and took a great portion of the ESB to a friend who is experimenting with stilling to still out the alcohol if he is of a mind to do so.
If one has a good buzz going, the ESB isn’t too bad; so the rest of it, I’ll use to finish off a drinking session that I may have started elsewhere.
I really hate to have to do away with a batch of beer; at least I know what the problem is. I need to fix the chiller one day.