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Old 12-10-2012, 05:09 AM   #1
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Hey, new to this site but I've been brewing for a while now. I have recently gotten back into brewing after taking a year off and my beer has some popcorn like chunks growing just under the surface near the top. It's in secondary and this is the 3rd week. At first I thought it was krausen but I've done many batches and have not seen anything the likes of this before. The last places I have lived I've always used filtered water but the faucet I have here wont support a water filter so I'm thinking something may have gotten in through the water? Anyone know what this is.

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:27 AM   #3
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Pics are kinda hard to see clearly but based on your description it's likely nothing. Yeast rafts, coagulated protein, etc are the likely culprit.

I personally have not had an infected batch yet but I've done a lot of reading about it on here. I read in another thread about the exact thing you are describing. I've also had similar "symptoms" if you will, in a couple of my batches and they've been fine.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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You definately have fungus in that beer, seeing as yeast is a fungus. Looks normal from the pics as far as I can tell with all the glare.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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I agree. It's just yeast rafts & coagulated protiens (wet popcorn stuff).
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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Yeast is a fungus.....I think you were meaning to say mold. However I agree with what was said above.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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That's good to know. Ive been using white labs yeast, I usually do partial mash but was looking for something easy to brew to get back into it and have never used the dry yeast that comes with an extract kit. I still haven't seen anything like this before but hey. I'm gunna bottle next week and have a time!

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:40 AM   #8
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yeast rafts. I almost threw out a batch before I realized what they are. Ive had them in at least 4 batches, not a problem.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:20 AM   #9
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Give it a week and they'll turn into little pockets of bubbles I just got finished freaking out that my beer was infected with the same thing lol

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