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Old 04-04-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Weird 'things' floating in the fermenter

We opened our fermenter to transfer to a secondary for dry-hopping and we saw 3-4 things floating up top that sort of resembled jelly fish. The beer smelled fine, so I just removed them before I racked to the secondary. Any idea what these things are? It was a Rye-PA if that makes any difference. Didn't get any pictures either :/

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Old 04-04-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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Well seaweed adds a gelatin like substance to the boil to cause coagulation and clumping of particulate matter......maybe yours looked like jelly fish? I'd leave them in there the next time, it's not like you didn't put them in there yourself.

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Old 07-07-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Default floaties like jellyfish

i just kegged my RYePA and i dry hopped it but when i opened the bucket there were a ton of jellyfish like substance. i kegged all but the top 4 inches of batch so hopefully itll turn out fine. would like to know what it is floqating though. any ideas

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Old 07-07-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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umm without a pic this turns into a guessing game. My guess is bacon because I love bacon!

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Those jellyfish sound like small colonies of yeast on top still fermenting your beer. They'll eventually fall out after FG is reached.
Unless of course, you added jellyfish extract to your boil, in which case theyll be there for the duration.

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Jellyfish only are a problem when you have a lot of baitfish contamination in your beer. Work on removing the baitfish in your process and jellyfish will no longer be an issue!

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How did it smell? Were the "jellyfish" clear or did they have a color to them? Did you taste any?

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Oh man, could you imagine how to describe the mouthfeel of a jellyfish ale?! The term 'prickly' wouldn't begin to do it any justice!

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I hope they didn't drink much of your beer.

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