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Old 09-02-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default Boiling infected beer?

So I have some beer with mold growing on top of it that's ready to bottle...what do you guys think of bringing it to a boil, cooling it, priming, repitching and then bottling to kill the mold?

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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Um...NO
Rack from under the mold, DON"T get any in the bottling bucket, and bottle as usual...if it sucks....wait a good long time and try it again.

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Old 09-02-2008, 05:25 AM   #3
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Yeah, I have to say, boiling finished beer is probably not going to help you out. I'd get the mold off and taste the beer. If it tastes like crap now, there's no point in wasting any more time on it. Use it for tomato fertilizer. But if it tastes like it might be OK, you could do like Big Kahuna says and hope for the best! Or try disinfecting it with Campden Tablets (you'll need to re-pitch after it clears, but what the hell).

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Hey, wait a minute. Is this the Belgian that you're asking about?

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Old 09-02-2008, 11:38 AM   #5
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No, it's the Peach FUBAR of course. I've tried skimming off the mold as well as using campden tablets but it keeps growing back. Luckily it still tastes/smells fine, I just don't want a layer of mold growing on top of the beer in every one of my bottles, yuck.

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Old 09-02-2008, 03:40 PM   #6
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Hmmm. Try drawing off a quart, boil it and see what it tastes like. Or, better yet, pasteurize it -- take it up to 160 degrees, hold it there for 10 minutes and cool. It may change the flavor, but it might be OK. If it sucks, you've lost two pints rather than the whole batch. If it works, you'll know what to do.

It's certainly not standard procedure, but hey, neither is the mold!

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Ok cool, thanks man. I will try it!

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Or you coud carefully rack the beer out from under the....wait....I've said this before....I guess I still think it's the way to go.

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Take a picture and post it.

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I really don't mean to sound condescending,but are you SURE it's mold you're taking off the top, and not krausen? I think a picture would help.

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