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Old 12-11-2007, 08:39 PM   #1
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Kinda freaked out when I started racking my belgian dark strong ale to secondary today. I opened the lid to the picture below. I decide to rack anyway because it smelled fine. I tasted the hydrometer sample and it tasted good. The top of the beer in the secondary fermenter after racking is clean, very clean. Does this look infected? If it shows up again should I dump it or bottle it? This my first time with anything sketchy at all so I'm kind of clueless.

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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If it tastes and smells fine, it is fine IMO. You'll taste it again before bottling right?

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:43 PM   #3
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hopefully you racked cleanly from underneath the "stuff"
i have never had an infection either so i would just watch the secondary closely.
i would think the alcohol in a strong belgian ale should be protective.
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Really it looks fine to me. I am no expert but that looks like low flocculating yeast. If you are really curious, stop back by and drink a great beer that was racked off that looked just like that.

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This guy is right at 8% abv and it's been in primary for 6 weeks. I suspect, maybe whatever this is started to form at the beginning, but maybe the alcohol knocked it out before it got crazy? I dunno, never seen anything like it.

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:50 PM   #6
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i've got one in the secondary that has some weirdness on the top. it happened after i dry hopped. it's really freaky, but the beer smells ok. i'll post a pic of it when i get home.

in either case, i'll make my brother drink some of it before i put it in a keg.

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I think it looks a little iffy. So, get it carbonated and drink it down before it starts to taste bad. Then make another beer. You can always let it sit around and see what happens, but my suggestion is funner.

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+1 on thinking it low flocculating yeast.

Something similar to this happened to me on my first lager.

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I think it looks a little iffy. So, get it carbonated and drink it down before it starts to taste bad. Then make another beer. You can always let it sit around and see what happens, but my suggestion is funner.
But it's a belgian and it should age a bit! But, I hear ya... if those creamy bubbles are there again when it's in secondary I'll throw it in a keg and drink it quick.
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To me it looks like the start of a lactic infection. If it is, you will soon know. Those rafts of white bubbles will spead and cover the surface with spider-web like protein strands.

If it is a lactic, bring it up to 140 degrees for about half an hour and then keg. Voila, your first belgian sour.

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