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Old 05-10-2012, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default First batch, maybe infected - with pictures

Hey Homebrewers!

I just started my first brew this monday 7th may 2012, it's now thursday the 10th may - after 34 hours my beer started to ferment. BTW it's a Coopers IPA beer kit. I ended up adding the yeast at midnigt, but the the temperature was about 30 celcius - and i was supposed to pitch it about 25 celcius. 4 days passed, and now im afraid i've got an infection. Theres a substantious amount of brown krausen and large bubbles.
All other cases got the respone "RDWHAHB" - hope it's the same here though. but i want to be sure so i've taken some pictures for you to see - had to open the fermenter though Noticed the brew smelled of STRONG alcohol - i've got gin in the airlock?
1 of the pictures were taken 15 minutes later - lid on while waiting.
Hoping it's not that bad :/
Meanwhile, i'll be drinking craft beer

http://imgur.com/a/G1kel

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Old 05-10-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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Looks proper, also I would not call that a substantial amount of krausen.

You pitched yeast a little warm, this is usually not affiliated with infection, you may get some off flavors from the yeast that are not associated with an IPA, think Belgian flavors.

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Old 05-10-2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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looks fine, but 30C or even the 25C is way too warm for pitching. such high temps leads to excess esters & fusels - which is likely your alcohol smell. keep it 20C and under

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Old 05-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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looks fine, but 30c or even the 25c is way too warm for pitching. Such high temps leads to excess esters & fusels - which is likely your alcohol smell. Keep it 20c and under
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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Looks good Bro. Only way you're gonna get an infection is bad sanitation or LEAVING THE LID OFF YOUR BUCKET TO TAKE PICTURES. Not usually a good idea. But seriously that looks great and as stated above you did pitch a bit too high. I usually go by whatever the ambient temp is in my house or where I'm fermenting, I'll pitch close to that. Keep in mind when the yeast starts working the temp will increase in the fermentor. Cheers.

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Old 05-11-2012, 11:04 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, great to know it's gonna be allright
Sure does smell like a strooong beer.
I had to pitch the yeast because i was afraid to wait any longer. Probably waited 4 hours or something. Gonna make an ice bath next time, and not boiling more water than necessary.

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Old 05-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #7
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That's not a lot of krausen... This is ...

P.S. Too bad I can't post the video where you can see foam travelling through the tube.

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Old 05-11-2012, 02:01 PM   #8
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Krausenating the countryside

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Krausenating the countryside
HAHA - exactly! Trogdor strikes again !
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That's not a lot of krausen... This is ...

P.S. Too bad I can't post the video where you can see foam travelling through the tube.
Haha. Forgot all about Trogdor. Had to think about it a min. What yeast is that? That us what my Irish ales look like.
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