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Old 06-17-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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I couldn't take a very good picture to really represent what's going on here, but what you see is a very thin white 'skin' over the surface of the beer with small little white patches about the size of a matchhead. The round thing in the middle is actually bubble that has been captured by the skin. ki

The beer doesn't smell bad and it's about a month old. It was two weeks in the primary and two weeks in the secondary. The OG was 1.048 but I haven't taken the FG. I can do that if someone thinks it might help with a diagnosis, but it seemed to ferment in exactly the same way as all the other brews I've done so there wasn't any initial concern. I just noticed it today when I racked another brew to make way for today's cook, so I don't know how long it's been like that.

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Old 06-17-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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i'd say don't worry about it. take a reading and taste it. if it tastes alright, you have nothing to be concerned with. there's always "weird" stuff on the top of the beer and it usually is nothing. i don't trust visual diagnosis.

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Old 06-17-2007, 08:04 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's what I figured. I took a taste and I think it's alright. I still have that same over-hopped problem (15 gallons worth now) but I'm hoping that it will mellow out a bit over the next couple of weeks.

At first I thought it was mould, but it's definitely a skin. The wine thief left a hole in it.

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That's why I have stainless conicals. . . I don't see that crap in the fermenter, so I don't ever have to worrry.

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