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Old 11-23-2007, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Is this batch ruined, or am I just being paranoid?

On Monday, I tried brewing a batch of Mr. Beer Holiday Party Ale no. 3 (http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/p.../product_info). The wort hasn't bubbled at all like my last batch did, although it did look like there ere yeast colonies floating around near the top of the beer on the 2nd & 3rd day. Those colonies have sunk since then, and now it appears like there is a layer of mold on the surface.

Is my beer bad? I was very careful about sanitizing everything. Here's a picture of what the surface of the beer looks like this morning, after about 4 days.



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Old 11-23-2007, 11:28 PM   #2
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Yeah, 4 days is a long time to wait for activity, but I've yet to see something like your pic. Definitely doesn't sound promising. Even with our best sanitizing, things get through during cooling....

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Old 11-23-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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I can't really tell from that picture, but it does look like yeast, but maybe something else as well. Still, i'd let this beer run it's course unless it really starts growing some weird stuff. It might work out in the end. You could pull a little bit out of the sampler and see how it smells to get an idea if it's working or not.

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Old 11-24-2007, 12:25 AM   #4
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Here's a better picture of it that I just took. The orange bits are pieces of orange peel.

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Old 11-24-2007, 06:16 AM   #5
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If the orange bits are just orange peel, that looks like it's just yeast acting funny to scare you. 4 days without airlock activity, though, is pretty odd. Are you sure you're airtight?

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Old 11-24-2007, 06:24 AM   #6
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Do you have an hydrometer?

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That's a tough call, judging by the picture. I'd try smelling it. It should smell just like your last batch. If it smells like vinegar or moldy bread, it's probably a goner.

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Could the temp that it's at, have lead to a really slow fermentation perhaps, and from the pic maybe there's a lot of headroom - thus no airlock activity... I'm sorta clutching at straws here, it sure does look sorta weird, mainly the stringy-ness of the layer or is that just orange pulp? At the end of the day its only a mr. beer kit though, right?

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Are you sure you're airtight?

Pretty sure it's airtight. I'm using a glass carboy with a rubber stopper & an airlock. There's not really any place to have a leak.

Do you have an hydrometer?

I haven't bought one yet, but will before trying the next batch.

If it smells like vinegar or moldy bread, it's probably a goner.

It doesn't smell like either of those. However, it doesn't smell like my last batch either. It smells mainly like water with some orange peel in it.

Could the temp that it's at, have lead to a really slow fermentation perhaps, and from the pic maybe there's a lot of headroom - thus no airlock activity...

It is fairly cool in our house, this time of year I keep the thermostat around 62. Also, it is 2.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon carboy, so there is quite a bit of headroom in this batch.

I'll probably let it sit for another week or two, and see what happens. Thanks for the advice everyone.
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It depends on the yeast that you used, but at 62 degrees it may be dormant.

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