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Old 01-03-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Ok, I thought these beers were just carbing up and I was seeing the carbonation, but it looks like something is growing on top. When I gently swish the bottle the top "scum" breaks up and floats on the top. Is the beer in these bottles infected?

The first picture is a picture of an undisturbed bottle. The other pictures are various angle shots. It was hard to take the pictures due to them being in bottles and the light being low, but hopefully you can sort of see how the scum broke apart and floats on top of the beer and on the walls of the bottle.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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What did you prime the bottles with?

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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The bottles were primed with 4oz. of corn sugar that had been boiled for about 10 minutes in a cup of water.

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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I've seen this before myself. I do not have high hopes for these bottles. In my case the beer was bad, all two cases. Two years later still bad. Well maybe good from stripping spray on bed liner.

Just my experience. Hope it works out better for you.

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Just looking at them,I was wondering if the caps are on tight?
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How long ago did you bottle?
What's in the beer?

There's an interesting looking bubble in the second picture, could be infection or something else.

I just had a batch of beer that (I think) was infected. I let it run it's course in bottles, and although I got gushers with no head retention, it's not bad beer. I think it largely depends on what it's infected with though

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Just looking at them,I was wondering if the caps are on tight?
The caps are all on tight as far as I can tell. In fact I opened one up and poured it into a glass to see if I could see the "scum' better.

To complicate this story more I dry hopped this beer. WHen I was bottling the beer I noticed that there were little "ice glaciers" on the top of the beer. You know, the way the ocean filled with small, broken ice looks when viewed from a plane. I thought it was just yeast that was clinging to the hops that I threw in. But I guess not. The top of the beer also sort of looked like an "oil slick" which I thought was the hops' oil or something.

Here some pics of the beer in a glass. also, I tasted the beer and it tasted fine. It's a cascadian dark ale and there was no sourness to it at all.
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I bottled this puppy on New Years Day. It's been 3 days. When I opened the bottle there was already carbonation. Not fully carb'ed but drinkable.

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I had the same thing happen a few months ago. Didn't affect the taste of the beer, but they were a little overcarbed. I put all of them in the fridge as soon as they started to get overcarbed, and it kept me from getting gushers. Most definitely an infection.

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I had the same thing happen a few months ago. Didn't affect the taste of the beer, but they were a little overcarbed. I put all of them in the fridge as soon as they started to get overcarbed, and it kept me from getting gushers. Most definitely an infection.
Ok, if it is an infection; which I too think it is, I just want other to tell me what they think, where should I go from here?

Do I need to replace my autosiphon, airlock, tubing, bottling bucket, bottling spigot, plug/bung (wth is that thing called that you put the airlock into for carboys?) or do I just need to star san them all really well several times?

Also, what about the bottles? Should I toss them or just clean them really well?
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