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Old 04-10-2011, 12:26 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I know this question has been asked before, but i haven't found an answer to my scenario. I've had a Mr. Beer brew in the keg for way longer than i intended. I made a 'Whispering Wheat' with orange peel and a dash of clove. Problem is after, i dunno, roughly 2 months the orange peels have developed what appears to be mold around them, and there are also floating particles on the surface. Its not a terrible amount of mold, but enough to make me think i could get some kinda stomach bug or something. Thoughts, insight, knowledge, experience, facts all welcome. Thank you



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Old 04-10-2011, 12:54 AM   #2
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I don't believe there is any kind of mold that can survive in fermented beer, nor any pathogen for that matter. Still, a photo would be helpful. My hunch is that you're just seeing yeast rafting, but you'll need to provide some images for anyone to say anything useful.



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There is no known harmful bacteria or pathogen that can cause health problems in beer. That's why beer was the beverage of choice in previous centuries. It is safer than water.

Give it a try, if it tastes good, drink it.

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I don't believe there is any kind of mold that can survive in fermented beer, nor any pathogen for that matter. Still, a photo would be helpful. My hunch is that you're just seeing yeast rafting, but you'll need to provide some images for anyone to say anything useful.
I'm not arguing with you here but there are lots of micros that can tolerate alcohol levels up to 7%, thats why sanitation is so important.
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I'm not arguing with you here but there are lots of micros that can tolerate alcohol levels up to 7%, thats why sanitation is so important.
Those organisms cause off flavors, but the point is that nothing detrimental to one's health can survive. Sure, it may taste horrible, but it won't kill you! .
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solid materials often find there way around items that i have put in my fermenters. Could be protieins or yeast particles. If your sanitation was good adn your beer tastes ok, i wouldnt worry about it.

It its a mold,bacteria,wild yeast - you'll know by the smell of it.

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Those organisms cause off flavors, but the point is that nothing detrimental to one's health can survive. Sure, it may taste horrible, but it won't kill you! .
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Thanks so much to everyone for their input. I'm gonna try to upload a pic asap. I'd appreciate some follow up if anybody has the time. Thanks again

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Default Picture of Oranges in beer..is it mold?

Here is the best picture of the oranges in my beer. It is hard to tell but there was alot of white around the oranges peels. The orange peels were completely absorbed and brown in color. Some look like they had mold growing on them. I assumed originally that it wasn't yeast because the beer had been in the keg for so long that I figure it sunk to the bottom. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.



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Ive seen plenty of mold growing on the surface of beer. My neighbor just gave me back my growler and it was full of mold. Your oranges look moldy to me, Im no expert but I would brew a new batch, I dont cry over spilled milk, let alone beer.



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