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Old 11-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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I brewed the Black ship Pirate Stout (10 gallons) all grain recipe from Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing which includes a late addition to the boil of crushed corriander seeds and allspice. I put the beer in the two primaries with a two large starters and it had some very vigorous fermentation for several days, racked it to my secondaries. All was fine up to here. In the secondaries I added more crushed corriander seeds and a week later the zest of an orange which I had soaking in vodka for a week. A day after the addition of the orange zest to the secondary I got a white sunstance which you see in the "Carboy right.jpg" pic attached. Followed by the growth of large white hollow spheres you can see in "Carboy left.jpg" pic attached. I have been trying to determine whether this batch has gone terribly wrong. If anyone can help that would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. The floating brown bits you see in the pictures are just the corriander seeds, it's the white part I'm worried about.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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Yeah those bubbles look pretty menacing. It does not look good. Did you taste it?

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What yeast did you use on this beer and what was you Original Gravity?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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What yeast did you use on this beer and what was you Original Gravity?
I used two Wyeast British Ale smack packs into 1 gallons starters each.
My OG was 1.072
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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Yeah those bubbles look pretty menacing. It does not look good. Did you taste it?
Yes they do look menacing and that why i didn't taste it yet, I'm not that brave :-)
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:00 PM   #6
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Well, even if it is infected, nothing that infects beer will hurt or kill you. It'll just taste bad. Might as well have a sample and see what it's doing, no?

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #7
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Well,the clumps look like cold break & yeast rafts to me. But those big,filmy bubbles look like the start of an infection to me. The coriander seed secondary additions may be the cause of it. Sanitizing them first may've been a good idea. Did you sanitize everything used for racking?
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The big bubbles are definitely a sign of infection, called a "pellicle".

I think the large headspace in the carboy allowed enough air contact to let the infection grow.

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The big bubbles are definitely a sign of infection, called a "pellicle".

I think the large headspace in the carboy allowed enough air contact to let the infection grow.
+1 Yooper on it like usual
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so it's in both carboys?

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