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Old 09-01-2009, 03:08 AM   #1
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I opened up my secondary to rack to my keg and there were these white flakes floating on top of my IPA! I dry hopped with pellet hops for about a month and didn't notice this prior to dry hopping. It tastes, smells, and looks clear. Is there anything to worry about? I dry hopped for about 3 weeks with hop pellets!

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:15 AM   #2
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Nothing to worry about. I get what I call yeast floaties all the time in secondary. They don't do anything other than float around looking silly.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:09 PM   #3
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sweet thanks!

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Whenever I had had the white flakes (it kinda looks like unbroken up malt), the beers have been AMAZING.

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Yeah, we call then "Yeast rafts" what they are are little colonies of yeast that get buoyed up from the trub at the bottom of the fermenter or secondary by co2 gass rising to the surface...then they sit their and some start fizzing a little...It's pretty common. Rarely is the surface of a beer in secondary perfectly clear of anything.

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Had my first glass tonight it it tastes great!

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Can they be filtered out when transferring to bottling bucket or keg? I don't feel like drinking down a little yeast raft in my beverage.

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Can they be filtered out when transferring to bottling bucket or keg? I don't feel like drinking down a little yeast raft in my beverage.
The yeast rafts won't be there when you rack, they will join the other yeast in the trub at the bottom of the fermenter.
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So I just have to wait for them to eventually sink before scheduling time for bottling?

Thanks for your advise!

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Sometimes they never sink, sometimes they do. Since you rack from the bottom, they just lower into the yeast bed as the level goes down. How long has your beer been in the primary?

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