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Old 03-04-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Curdled Yeast or Fat from Pecans?

Hi all,
Got something weird going on in the carboy.

Brewed a pretty simple Pecan Brown Ale, using Wyeast American Ale yeast. Bubbled nicely for 3-4 days then stopped. Sat another day or two so I grabbed a reading and it's nowhere near what I need (it's at 1.040 and I was expecting 1.014). Anyway, in the bottom of the carboy, on top of the yeast cake is this creepy looking stuff. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? If it's the fat from the roasted pecans, I bet this batch is ruined, eh?

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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Quit putting light on the carboy!!!!

This is why I like buckets. Watching the yeast is like watching closely as a wound heals. Wierd sh!t will abound that you really don't need to watch.

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #3
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it kinda looks like the pecans. are they in the fermenter? its hard to say. but i really doubt its ruined. all the pictures of infections i've seen have had nasty **** floating on top. (not just normal nasty ****, nasty nasty ****) atleast let it finish and bottle and test it. i dont think it looks that weird

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Cheezy, it's wrapped and in a dark room. I only noticed it when I took the gravity reading to see if fermentation was done.

Pecans were in the mash only but kinda does look like nuts doesn't it?

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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Yeast doodles, mine looks like that a lot before it's completely settled.

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Ok great thanks. Out of about 16 batches now I've never seen that before

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yeah. i'd say dont worry about it. i haven't had mine look quite like this. but they always do look different. this doesnt look harmfull (although it is pretty strange looking)

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I have once used a pot after it was used to make beef stock. I had a layer a beef fat 5mm thick when came time to bottling on top of the beer. (no oxidization there!). The beer is great! Maybe a little extra mouth feel lol.

Don't worry after making the mother of brewing with fat mistakes I am not so bothered by it.

But I do make sure I wash the hell of my pots before i brew now!

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Oil/fat is less dense than water and wort so it would float on the top. Did you use whirlfloc? Sometimes when I use that stuff I get crap that looks like that.

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Oil/fat is less dense than water and wort so it would float on the top. Did you use whirlfloc? Sometimes when I use that stuff I get crap that looks like that.
Bingo. I usually get that every time I use whirlfloc.
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