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Old 09-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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So I've been searching for anything that looks like the intestine-like substance at the bottom of my fermenter, but none of the infections I saw looked like this (see attachment).

I just transferred to this secondary, and almost all of the substance has dropped to the bottom. The smell when transferring was maybe a little weird but nothing too distinct. The beer itself looks like it has cleared incredibly otherwise.

One other important note is that the airlock blew off during the first few days of fermentation and was off for about 24 hours. I assume this is the cause, but I don't want to toss this batch if I don't have to. My plan is to bottle as much as I can without getting that stuff from the bottom. Anyone seen/dealt with this before? What else would be helpful to know?

Thanks in advance,
Tschuess

Here is some additional info:
- Style is a Belgian Dubbel from extract including candi syrup
- Starter was also used in a Belgian Tripel which is looking fine (but cloudy still).
- Temperature of the fermenter was room temperature starting a bit warm (low 70s and went to cooler at mid-upper 60s)
- Fermcap (too much added?) and Irish moss were used

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Old 09-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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So I've been searching for anything that looks like the intestine-like substance at the bottom of my fermenter, but none of the infections I saw looked like this

Ewwww.




But you are right -- doesn't look like any infection I've ever seen.
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Feel free to boo and his, but that looks like the BWW brautwurst beer.

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WTF! It's a mutant tape worm or some alien parasite.

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Feel free to boo and his, but that looks like the BWW brautwurst beer.
Exactly my thoughts.
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It almost looks like a grain bag in there. Do you have another higher resolution pic?

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It looks kind of like cold break. Highly organized cold break that is banding together and planning a mutiny. I've never seen anything like that. Are you saying this thing transferred over from your primary?

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I swear the eyes on that thing are following me.

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One other important note is that the airlock blew off during the first few days of fermentation and was off for about 24 hours. I assume this is the cause, but I don't want to toss this batch if I don't have to.
I suppose anything is possible, but I would be really surprised if a missing airlock would lead to something this dramatic, particularly during an active fermentation.

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Fermcap (too much added?) and Irish moss were used
I am leaning toward Irish moss induced break material.
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Here are two more higher res images - one of the entire BB and another close up.

http://i46.tinypic.com/2dke42c.jpg

http://i50.tinypic.com/1qqwww.jpg

To answer a few questions/comments, no it is not a grain bag and yes it transferred over into a secondary like this. So either I didn't notice it or it formed after I put it on the cold floor (the outside temp dropped big time over the last two days, but the beer isn't at 35 degrees F or anything). Cold break could be the answer, but this looks ridiculous. Lastly, I strain my hot break material before putting into a fermenter, so this amount of material would likely only be from a cold break. Again, the rest of the beer (though dark) looks cleaner than almost any other beer I've brewed.

Thanks for the quick replies!

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