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Old 03-23-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default HELP!! WTF is that?

Went into the basement to check things out and saw this:





I've never seen this before. I looked up close and I didn't see any solids in the "clumps". They're just bubbles in clusters.

FYI. The two carboys are not the same batch. They're both stouts but a week apart. The one in question is 1 week in the secondary and the closer one is 2 weeks in the secondary.

My first thoughts were "Aw crap, it's gotten contaminated" but I wanted some of your thoughts.

The brew is the Guinness Clone recipe in the BYO 150 clone magazine.

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Old 03-23-2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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Bubbles in clusters, you're probably ok... fuzzy floaters, could be bad.

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Old 03-23-2007, 11:57 AM   #3
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It could be your sanitizer. I get that sometimes with no rinse sanitizers like Star San. Looks like no big deal.

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Old 03-23-2007, 12:26 PM   #4
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IT'S RUINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...NOT. *shrug* who knows. It looks to me like some remnants of fermentation going on. My Chaos Love Magnet had some wierd tiny little bubbles come to the surface recently. It was dark in the room where I keep it so I couldn't tell what they were. I was a little freaked at first, but was like eh no worries. They soon subsided back into the 5 gallon abyss.

I can't tell by looking at the picture (it is kind of blurry where I am trying to see) but the one cluster of foamy stuff looks like a mold but I can't tell. Keep an eye on it and if it starts to look fuzzy (like hair) as seefresh says you'd have a mold.

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Old 03-23-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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Nothing for you to do but wait.
You can taste it when you rack next.

That'll be the best way to tell if it's OK.

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Old 03-23-2007, 03:28 PM   #6
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I'd pitch it.


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probly nothing. don't sweat it too much. It takes a pretty serious bug to live in beer. and in my experience it's ussually obvious. If you are question ti it is most likely fine. Pop the top off your airlock and give it a whiff. you'll get a moldy wet dog like smell if it's mold.

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Old 03-23-2007, 04:34 PM   #7
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that's the way my stuff looks as it begins it's primary fermentation, usually they would densify and come together to form a preliminary krausen bed. The fact that your's is in clarification probably means some residual fermenting. Have you rausted the carboy recently? Have temps gone up recently? That's what I think it is...

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Old 03-23-2007, 04:36 PM   #8
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you are fine. I gues this is the first time you are using a secondary

Search for "Is that mold?" and you sould find more accounts of this. It's basically just bubbles from remnant yeast activity.

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Old 03-23-2007, 04:49 PM   #9
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you guys are not helping me get 5 gallons of perfectly good, er i mean contaminated, guiness clone!

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Old 03-23-2007, 06:22 PM   #10
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grats your still fermenting

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