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Old 11-05-2007, 04:11 PM   #1
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Well, took a look at my pumpkin ale that had been in the secondary for about 2 weeks... and there are a few colonies of bubbles on the surface and around the edges..

these colonies are close together...

I think it happened when i used the port of my better bottle, without taking off the airlock..

I had some plain water in there.. and it sucked it right in.. ( so I am sure that 2 week old stagnet water isnt the best thing for beer...)

So.. lesson learned:

USE VODKA IN THE AIRLOCK

...crap

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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Don't be too quick to conclude it is ruined. Try to stick it out and see -- you have little to lose.

Can you post a pic?

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:29 PM   #3
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colonies of bubbles aren't an infection.

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:30 PM   #4
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Depending on where you live, a 1/2 gallon of cheapo vodka will cost 9-10 bucks and last over a year of brewing (except for Biermuncher, then it's only 3 months).

Money well spent IMHO.

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:32 PM   #5
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Not to mention 2 weeks in the secondary! The stuff is pretty hard to contaminate at that point. That's why people throw peppers and fruit and things in the secondary, there is plenty of alcohol and not much sugar left.

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
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I've had a brew in the secondary for 2 weeks now. Not sure what it is but it almost looks like a couple spots of mold on top or maybe something that hasn't settled yet. I hope its the later.. Can beer mold kill me

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:44 PM   #7
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It may or may not be infected. Let it finish then give it a taste. I have a batch of Black Ale that somewhere along the line got infected somehow.

I've officially renamed it Black Jenkem and I'm sending it all to Evan.

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Old 11-05-2007, 05:05 PM   #8
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yeast can do some weird stuff. I wouldn't call it a goner yet. taste it, smell it...its prolly fine.

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If they aren't discolored or moldy bubbles, they are just co2. Don't worry. I have colonies of tiny bubbles on top of my belgian that's in the clearing tank right now. I guarantee you it's not infected.

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:29 PM   #10
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Can beer mold kill me

No. It'll just taste bad.

Unless, of course, you have an entire freeway covered with slick beer mold and you hit it at 90mph...then it might kill you.
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