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Old 04-05-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Guys,

I brewed up a Flanders Red last July, pitched the Roselare blend, fermented then racked to secondary end of July and have let it sit in the back of an unused closet since then occassionaly checking on it. I formed a thick brown cake at the top of the carboy which caused foaming, etc for about a month then stopped. I thought this was the pellicle and it may have gotten too cold for it to continue doing its thing.

Today I check on it and the airlock is completely dry. I'm not too worried at this point thinking that Brett might be able to use some O2. I refill the airlock and check on the beer. I see two white phlegm strands on either side of the carboy and some minimal foaming around them.



The brown chunks are oak BTW.

So, do I have a problem here?

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Old 04-06-2011, 03:07 AM   #2
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Holy $*&&% - I thought I saw cigarette butts and a balled up receipt in your fermenter ;o))

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Old 04-06-2011, 03:15 AM   #3
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I see woodchips and a praying mantis..

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I am no expert but I would be concerned about that giant praying mantis too.

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I think it looks like a squirrel skull....

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That's some pretty funny stuff guys.

Unfortunately not too helpful.

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That's some pretty funny stuff guys.

Unfortunately not too helpful.
Seriously, if you can't tell what it is by looking at it, how are we supposed to tell what it is from a picture?

I don't know what it is but it doesn't look right. Did you sanitize your oak chips by steaming them? What does it taste like?

I've heard that lambics can sometimes get really ugly/smelly in the fermenter, I'd probably wait it out and RDWHAHB.
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yeah, sorry.. just so much reflection I can't really see anything.

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Seriously, if you can't tell what it is by looking at it, how are we supposed to tell what it is from a picture?

I don't know what it is but it doesn't look right. Did you sanitize your oak chips by steaming them? What does it taste like?

I've heard that lambics can sometimes get really ugly/smelly in the fermenter, I'd probably wait it out and RDWHAHB.
Seriously, I was hoping to get some advice, guidance from some folks who have used this yeast blend or have done a Flanders red.

I can't tell what it is because I don't know. As far as sanitation I've never had an infection in 50+ batches and this one has been sitting in its current carboy for the past 7months without a hint of problem until a few weeks ago.

Again, I was hoping to get some insight from some folks who have had experience with this style/yeast.
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Maybe post in the Lambic and Wild Brewing Sub-Forum, I think you're more likely to get experienced voices in there. Couldn't hurt in any case.

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