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Old 04-10-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Default Please Help - Is this an infection?

I was about to keg my wheat beer and it has this funny "growth" on top. It also has a very strong smell...The wife says it smells beery, but I think it has some sort of pungent odor. I was very good about my sanitation, but this is my first attempt at reusing a washed yeast, so I might have done something there.

I have not sampled it yet.

If I am to the point of kegging, is there a good way to go about doing that and not getting the infection in as well?

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:33 AM   #2
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if thats the primary it seems to look okay to me. if thats the secondary you might be in some trouble. i'd taste it....

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:35 AM   #3
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Is the keg your secondary or are you going from secondary to keg?

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:35 AM   #4
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What he said.

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Thanks for the responses. I did just shy of three weeks in the primary and was going to the keg as my secondary/finished.

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Rack from under the goop on top and keg it anyway. I can't give you an honest opinion on what you are seeing, but no reason to dump it yet until it's sat in keg for a month or so. If it makes you want to vomit after that, then I'd get rid of it.

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I was about to keg my wheat beer and it has this funny "growth" on top. It also has a very strong smell...The wife says it smells beery, but I think it has some sort of pungent odor. I was very good about my sanitation, but this is my first attempt at reusing a washed yeast, so I might have done something there.

I have not sampled it yet.

If I am to the point of kegging, is there a good way to go about doing that and not getting the infection in as well?

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I wouldn't wouldn't be too concerned about the crap on top. I have had some like that and they turned out fine. Is the strong smell an extremely alcholic type smell? Also, is this your secondary? If so, that may be an issue. Your secondary should have nothing like that other than some cluster bubbles.

I'd do a taste at this point and that should tell you if its ok to keg
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Get that kind of goop all the time, unless the beer tastes wierd don't worry.

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I've had several beers that formed that "skin" on top. I'd say it's completely normal. Some yeasts just do weird things.

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I did go ahead and keg it. The spec. gravity seemed on track and the sample tasted fine, so I am sure it was nothing. I didn't have anything handy to filter it though, so I ended up only getting about 4 gal into the keg to keep from sucking up too much of that sludge. Next time I will have to be more prepared to filter so I don't toss so much beer.

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