Here's my brief story:
Bought a Mr. Beer kit and didn't have a clue what I was doing, and out of impatience would squeeze the fermentor to smell the brew, resulting in an infection. I now have cheap, crappy beer that tastes like a hard-miller cider.
However, I got addicted to home brewing within 5 minutes and ordered a Deluxe kit from Northern Brewer prior to the crappy batch even finishing, with the 2 glass carboys. That time, I actually paid attention, sanitized, and did everything according to the instructions. I used an Irish Red Ale recipe kit.
After about 10 days (barely... barely any activity) I moved it to the secondary fermentor.
Today is 17 days into secondary, and I went to add some clearing drops and took a big sniff. I think... just maybe there's a very faint hint of cider/vinegar, but if it's there it's faint, and could also be insanely paranoid after my crappy 1st brew. I then popped the top of a Killian's Irish Red and maybe, just maybe... there's the same hint of that smell.
I suppose my question is, has anyone used this recipe or made this type of beer and experienced this faint smell? It's not bad... it's not strong, and keep in mind, it might not even be there. Paranoia is getting to me, and if this batch doesn't turn out good I'll try again, but most certainly be disappointed.
Prior to asking I googled and read countless explanations, and people are quick to say infection, but it's super super faint and might very well be the correct smell. Looking for real, simple, experienced it, been there and done it kinda' answer instead of a science book.
Appreciate your help!