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Old 02-14-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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These white bubbles have shown up in my past few batches. I think it's brett. Haven't noticed any problems with flavor.

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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Looks like it to me. The white scum in the bottom and that scum bubble in the top look like the beginnings of a pellicle to me.

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These white bubbles have shown up in my past few batches. I think it's brett. Haven't noticed any problems with flavor.
the two longer 'rafts' right on the edge of the bucket in the bottom of the pic look odd to me as well. it's really hard to tell w/small intertron pics, so i don't wanna scare ya and claim i can tell it's contaminated, but if that was on one of my brews i'd be a bit worried. you say it doesn't taste infected when this has happened in a previous batch? how long has that last batch(s) been packaged?
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looks like its time to get a new bucket.... or maybe switch to glass.

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:41 PM   #5
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the two longer 'rafts' right on the edge of the bucket in the bottom of the pic look odd to me as well. it's really hard to tell w/small intertron pics, so i don't wanna scare ya and claim i can tell it's contaminated, but if that was on one of my brews i'd be a bit worried. you say it doesn't taste infected when this has happened in a previous batch? how long has that last batch(s) been packaged?
Well, the first batch it happened in wasn't great but I blame that more on me just throwing together some random grains and hops and calling it a beer. The second batch was a hefeweizen. The white stuff appeared after 3 weeks. Kegged it after 4 months. Finished the keg about 2 weeks later and everyone that's tried my beers agreed that was my best batch yet.

What worries me is that I pitched this IPA with Trappist yeast and after tasting it it almost tastes like my hefeweizen with more hops. I wasn't expecting the yeast to produce this banana/bubble gum flavor.
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the reason i ask is that a small level of infection can take time to make itself known. but it seems like at least one batch had some time (3+ months) after it first appeared.
i'd definitely replace your plastics after this, you can never be fully sure you got all the cr@p out of plastic, and it may keep popping back up.

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The second batch was a hefeweizen. The white stuff appeared after 3 weeks. Kegged it after 4 months. Finished the keg about 2 weeks later and everyone that's tried my beers agreed that was my best batch yet.
You kegged a hefeweizen after four months?!?!?! I'm assuming you meant four weeks. Otherwise, that beer MIGHT have been past its prime.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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If it wasn't for that weirdness in the lower portion it may just be yeast rafting. Thats sucks, but I would do what the others are saying and replace that fermenter. Sanitize all your brew gear real good before next brew and I'm sure it will all be ok.

In the mean time if you dont mind the taste, buckle down...

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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Haha, yeah, I meant 4 weeks.

Will I need to replace my autosiphon, hoses, airlocks, etc or just the buckets? Also should I replace the lines and disconnects in the kegerator since it touched those too or will sanitizer do? How about the keg?

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Or... just clean them with bleach/water after each batch. Then Star-san before use.

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