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Old 04-25-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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So I went to grab something out of my closet today (which is where I have one of my beers sitting in the secondary), and I hadn't looked in there for 5 or 6 days. Anyway, There is a nasty white film growing on the top of the porter that I brewed about a month ago. I was planning on waiting a while longer to bottle it just becuase I've been kind of busy lately, but I guess I'll bottle tomorrow. I tasted it and it actually tastes really good, so hopefully it stays that way. I'm at work right now, but if I remember to I'll snap some pics when I get home.

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Old 04-26-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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Alright, I snapped a couple of pics





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Oh yea, that looks like a bacterial infection for sure. It might actually be a brett or some other 'good bacteria' infection, but I don't know for sure. Just waiting for landhoney to show up here.

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Yeah that's what happened to my O-fest ale. Same exact look. I think it's wild brett, but landhoney can tell us for sure.

I sanitized the **** out of the carboy afterwards.

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I've had that pellicle many times on several brews and each time I just went ahead and kegged it. The beer turned out fine.

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same here fingers. mine was even thicker. i left it in the secondary for a long time, and the beer was crystal clear, and tasted fine. just leave the skin behind.

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Yeah, that definitely looks like Brett. Brett is a yeast, not a bacteria, btw.

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Well, bottling is done. Leaving the skin behind was easy because as I syphoned it all kind of stuck together and just stuck to the side of the carboy. So by the time the carboy was half emptied all of the skin was stuck to the upper half. Like I said it smells and tastes fine, and I'm an optimist anyway, so I think it should turn out great.

When I went to bottle I realized I only had about 25 caps left, so I had to run to the LHBS and pick some up. When I was there I picked up new tubing and new rubber stoppers for my airlocks, and I just threw the old ones away. Everything else that touched this batch is soaking in a heavy bleach/water mixture right now. After that I will rinse it thoroughly with water, then hit it with a star san rinse. Nothing will live past that. And of course I will hit it with star san again just before the next batch goes in.

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This thread should be shown to n00bs as the perfect implementation of RDWHAHB.

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Ohh, umm, oops................OMG I think I ruined my beer!!! I think it's infected. I'm gonna have to dump it right???? What should I do.....HELP!!!!

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