Brent, THAT'S what I'm after! Thanks much, man! I see I likely killed the last batch of sour with the hot water. Heating in the sun is the common way so I suspected that was the "simple" way and starting hot would work. With your explanation I see the error of that. It stunk, but not so much.
And yeah, the lid was screwed on a bucket but it has a ton of holes drilled in it to send the smell out.
I now have some $3.75/sixpack beer sitting on the desk. Milwaulkee Best Premium. I don't drink (for no particular reason) but that just sounds like nasty stuff! Time to go brew some stink, thanks again to all, but keep the ideas coming!