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Old 01-13-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default help identifying this (bacteria?) and can my beer be saved?

not sure what the hell this is. My beer smells cidery and is much darker than what i thought it would be. My main concern is this white, stringy, frothy layer.

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Old 01-13-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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Yikes! That doesn't look good. Hope you can salvage the brew man. Have you tasted it? If it doesnt taste bad maybe you can rack it from under it.

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Old 01-13-2011, 02:53 AM   #3
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Ouch. Maybe it will turn into cheese.

How long has it been like that? How long fermenting?

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Old 01-13-2011, 02:55 AM   #4
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Ouch. Maybe it will turn into cheese.

Seriously, I'd dump it already. I know I'll take some heat for this comment, but life's short.
Mmmm... Cheese....

Take a sample from beneath the top and see how it tastes before deciding to get rid of the batch!
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It almost looks like a moss, maybe its a new form of moss... Antarctic moss.

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Old 01-13-2011, 03:06 AM   #6
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If that batch already smells like cider, it's unfortunately dump worthy. I had a 10 gallon batch that I opened to take a gravity reading on and didn't close the lid completely. After a few days that stringy white-ish stuff formed, not as much as the batch you have there but it still appeared. You can taste the beer to see if it's ok but mine had that cidery smell and ended up with a very sour cider taste that was pretty off putting. Infected yeast from something in the air or something that didn't get completely scrubbed out of your fermenter. Or just keg it and slap a Spiderweb sour ale lable on it and roll with it. Good luck!

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It looks like a pellicle. But then again I've brewed beer and had very odd looking yeast flocculation that also looked like a pellicle. Leave it alone and see what happens. If it doesn't start to smell/taste like Satan's Anus.... then you're probably okay.

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It looks like a pellicle. But then again I've brewed beer and had very odd looking yeast flocculation that also looked like a pellicle. Leave it alone and see what happens. If it doesn't start to smell/taste like Satan's Anus.... then you're probably okay.

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Post this in the lambic/wild brewing section. Maybe someone there will have more input. This definitely looks a lot like many pictures I've seen of pellicles.

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Have you pulled any beer from underneath for a taste? It could be any number of things depending on what it tastes/smells like.

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