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Old 03-17-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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Ok, got home from a 2 week vacation. the PM batch I was aging in the carboy now has white floaties floating on the top. It was done fermenting when I left (could have been bottled) and these floaties weren't there.

This is a batch I've been thinking had some issues, possible band aid flavor from either bleach sanitizer or bacteria.

I sniffed the thing last night and it didn't smell so hot - could the floaties be mold?

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If you look closely and the floaties are just bubbles then that's normal. If they look more solid then it could be mold, hard to say.

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Ok, got home from a 2 week vacation. the PM batch I was aging in the carboy now has white floaties floating on the top. It was done fermenting when I left (could have been bottled) and these floaties weren't there.

This is a batch I've been thinking had some issues, possible band aid flavor from either bleach sanitizer or bacteria.

I sniffed the thing last night and it didn't smell so hot - could the floaties be mold?
For myself I know that a lot of time little bits of yeast solidify and float at the top of the fermentor. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. I don't think it has any ill effects but I'm not positive. You may also be experienceing something completely different.
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could be...but I'd cold crash it for a few days before bottling and see what happens.
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they are solid, and white - I'm used to solid pieces (slighty brown) of yeast floating on top - this is different.

What is "cold crash"? I can stick it in the garage for a couple of days - that's cold. =)

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Don't worry about them.

Cold crashing is simply sticking your carboy/kegs or whatever into a chiller to allow the beer to clear. Cold causes the yeast to drop at a faster rate.

Cold garages are great for this.

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You didn't happen to use gelatin for fining did you? I can get white floaties from that....

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You didn't happen to use gelatin for fining did you? I can get white floaties from that....
nope. no gelatin. I'll bottle it soon, and try to leave the floaties behind in the carboy. Hope time reveals a good beer.

The good news is my last batch of beer with an off flavor (band aid) is almost drinkable...maybe in a few months might be even good. And the batch I bottled last night is already good, so I think my bad batches are limited to only two...
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I've had lots of trouble with Band-Aid flavor and some problems with floaters.

The floaters are almost always aesthetic, pour your beer into a glass and no one will be the wiser (just don't show them an unopened bottle!)

The Band-Aid flavor could be a different thing altogether. ... keep everything you bottle or transfer the beer with (tubes, siphons, etc) in a bucket of sanitizer until the moment you use it. This cuts down on contaminators.

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I cold crashed the beer in the garage for 2 days before bottling. The white floaties dropped to the bottom. The beer is tasty - still waiting for carbonation. Beer is also very clear - but it had 3 weeks in secondary + the cold crash.

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