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Old 08-05-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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It is infected! I know that. I brewed NB's Oud Bruin kit a few years ago and pitched the recommended wyeast roeselare blend. Went through a suitably long primary, secondary, and then I racked it off the cake into a tertiary carboy for aging. This beer has been in carboy 3 for two years next week!
M aging carboy is a 5 gallon, so its full up to the taper of the neck (figured it would minimize oxidation and whatnot, plus what the heck else can I do with a free 5 gallon carboy?)

so that's the story, here's the question. This is my first "wild" brew, and I am wondering how big an issue it would be if the carboy bung got knocked off? This carboy lives in a seldom used corner of my beer/guitar/man stuff room, but yesterday I was messing around in that corner to plug an amp in. I noticed this morning that the bung was on the floor (must have hit it with a cord), so it probably sat open for 20 - 22 hours.

I know it's infected with what I want, but are the "good" bugs resilient enough to keep other stuff from infecting it if it was open? any foreseen issues? I plan on bottling at the end of the month. I'll add pics from my phone shortly.

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Old 08-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Here's where the carboy lives. The shirt serves two purposes, keeps the fermenter dark and keeps me from freaking out from the crazy wild crap in there.

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Holy crap! I haven't looked at this in a long time. Is this normal? Looks gnarly.



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Old 08-06-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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no the best pic but it looks like normal kraussen from sacc fermentation if the beer tastes and smells clean it should be just fine

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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If you could stand farther away from the fermenter and take the pic, that would probably help...


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Old 08-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #5
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I know it's infected with what I want, but are the "good" bugs resilient enough to keep other stuff from infecting it if it was open? any foreseen issues? I plan on bottling at the end of the month. I'll add pics from my phone shortly.
You'll be fine. I had the same thing happen to my Flanders Red. Took 1st in a comp recently.

Also, I would like if you could take some pictures from farther away. It would help us all immensely.
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Is this far enough, or should I stand in the hallway?


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just teasing. The pics are crappy because I uploaded them from my phone app and it DRASTICALLY resizes things.

here is a better shot

2012-08-06_18-54-03_188 by queendana84, on Flickr

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Shoulda taken a picture of the front of the house, or better yet, the mailbox!!

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no that is definitely not infected YET.

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It's bad! Bottle it and send it to me for proper bad batch disposal.. Looks great Does it seem like it's fermenting again? The yeast may have got a kick of some Oxygen to get them going again. Also, I give you props on a over 2 year fermentation.. I can barely wait 30 days before I'm ready to drink it.

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