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Old 04-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Just opened our bucket to bottle today and a beer my roommate did on his own looked like this. Is this yeast or an infection? He lost a half gallon of beer into the swamp cooler during fermentation due to seal that wasn't tight. Should we be worried?? Thanks!

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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Really hard to tell, how does the beer taste? Any sourness?

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That looks a lot like a pellicle to me... This is why I don't ferment in buckets with spigots. Did you taste it? Does it smell or taste sour?

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It doesn't taste sour to me. Granted, I'm reluctant to take a giant swig. We put it into a secondary and it sat there for 3 weeks or so...

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That second picture does not look too promising, there seems to be more going on than the normal patches of yeast bubbles.

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It looks like a 1G batch of Strong ale that I infected to sour with Brett....

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We decided to bottle it, we can always use the practice. If it IS an infection is it safe to drink? It didn't taste sour and I have yet to die after 10 minutes.

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That looks like infection to me. It is safe to drink, all it will do is sour the beer.

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I might be Wong but I believe if it is infected it can finish out below 1.0. Might want to keep an eye on the bottles for bottle bombs and keep them in a plastic tote

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Make sure those bottles are in a "bomb shelter". If it is infected, the infection will ferment further than your yeast will.

Edit: JeepDiver beat me to it

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