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Old 05-18-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Wondering what people think of the "krausen" in this picture?

http://imgur.com/euulMBK

It's been a while since I've had a successful batch (took a break, next batch had an infection of green and purple craziness, and then my immersion circulator exploded during use flooding my wort).

This looks a lot thicker and darker than my previous batches. It's an Oktoberfest that's been in fermentation at 50F for 7 days. It's also the first batch I used a starter for.

The target OG was 1.055 and I hit 1.053. The current gravity is 1.032 or so, and my target FG is 1.015. Clearly fermenting, just wanted to get some perspective on that crusty part.

Cheers!

-Mike

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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I want to say your fine Mike but I must say it does look unusual.... Experts will tune in shortly.....

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Old 05-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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I am by no means an "expert," but I do have quite a few batches under my belt and I'd say that you're fine. Looks normal to me. Yeast can do some really funky looking stuff.

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Old 05-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Looks normal to me, especially if you're using lager yeast.

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Old 05-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Looks normal to me, especially if you're using lager yeast.
Exactly what I was going to say. My Dunkel with WLP838 looked exactly like that. Lager krausen is denser, flatter, and not really "fluffy" like an ale krausen in my experience.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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Awesome! Glad to hear I didn't lose another batch (yet...)

I did taste it and I didn't notice any real off-flavors, etc, so I'll keep charging forward with this one.

Thanks for the help, cheers!

-Mike

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Looks like normal krausen. Remember, if it's not a skin, it's probably not infected.

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