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Old 12-06-2009, 02:30 AM   #11
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I see what looks like some hops around the pellicle. Did you dry hop? If so, did you boil them before adding them? Just wondering what could have caused your infection.
Good eye by the way...you had the same thought as I did.

I freaked out the first time I dry hopped and had the same skin...Biermuncher posted a pic of his that showed me exactly that and that it was fine...and it was.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:34 AM   #12
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Absolutely. I completely agree about the misinformation that is spread against homebrewing. Most of the time it comes from a harmless source or someone using their "common sense" when it is not that simple.

On the other hand, I've never seen anything like that on top of a beer. Granted, I've only dry hopped a handful of times. Definitely take the advice and try it before you dump it. Who knows, it may be the best beer you've ever brewed.

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I freaked out the first time I dry hopped and had the same skin...Biermuncher posted a pic of his that showed me exactly that and that it was fine...and it was.
Well there you go. Problem solved. Wonderful beer is being contained in that carboy. Get it out of there and drink up!
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:46 AM   #14
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Well there you go. Problem solved. Wonderful beer is being contained in that carboy. Get it out of there and drink up!
Yeah, BUT, we can't even generalize with MY opinion, mine was fine, and so was biermunchers, BUT every fermentaton is different....The only way to know is if the OP actually tastes it for himself.
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Yeah, BUT, we can't even generalize with MY opinion, mine was fine, and so was biermunchers, BUT every fermentaton is different....The only way to know is if the OP actually tastes it for himself.
True enough. I just really wanted to use these:
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #16
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I saw something very much like this in a friends brew once. Thankfully, I have not had this, but for his beer, we skimmed the floating stuff and siphoned carefully. The end product was a great beer.

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Old 12-06-2009, 03:20 AM   #17
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It's a Flanders Red, "infected" with Wyeast's Roeselare Blend (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactic bacteria). If your beer looks like this, it's probably infected with brett, lactic bacteria, or some other kind of similar stuff.

And here's the thing: it's very rare to "accidentally" create a sour beer that's any good. You need to start off with a good base for the style, use the bugs intended for that style, and age it accordingly. As with oak, many people think that, if they have a crappy batch of beer, they can "save" it by oaking it or adding bugs. Garbage in, garbage out, as the saying goes. Others accidentally get infected and people think they've made a lambic. Nay-nay. It's possible, but the odds are stacked against you in almost all possible ways. First, chances are that the base beer had too much bitterness and hop character to be a good base beer for a sour style. Second, the chances that you're accidentally infected with a bug that makes good sour beer are also minuscule. FYI.
I was just looking at an old thread, and it happen to look very similar to that beer. mmmmm bugs.
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For the record, this:

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Notice the uneven bubbles and strands of bacteria in Evan's picture, while the OP's beer has more of a uniform haze and no noticeable bacteria strands. Again, I think it does look infected, but as Revvy has stated, you have to try it to know for sure, and there is ample evidence that it is just a layer of hop oils.
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Looks quite a bit different than this:



Notice the uneven bubbles and strands of bacteria in Evan's picture, while the OP's beer has more of a uniform haze and no noticeable bacteria strands. Again, I think it does look infected, but as Revvy has stated, you have to try it to know for sure, and there is ample evidence that it is just a layer of hop oils.

I agree with will, they DON'T look alike, The bubbles in the flanders look almost hairy, while the op's looks like I have seen before an oilslick rainbow.

Again this kinda game really serves no purpose except it breeds more fear and uncertainty in the new brewers looking on.All we're is conjecturing, the OP has to taste the beer....that's all there is to it.

We're not there, and we can analize pictures til we're blue in the face.
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I see what looks like some hops around the pellicle. Did you dry hop? If so, did you boil them before adding them? Just wondering what could have caused your infection.
Who boils hops before dry hoping???
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