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njs170 01-14-2013 05:21 PM

Infection or am I paranoid?
So I brewed a Grand Cru on 1/3/13 and I waited ten days before racking to the secondary. OG was 1.078 and gravity when I moved it to the secondary was 1.016. I woke up this morning to find a dark cloud at the top of the secondary. This is normal? I haven't read anything about something like this.

8 oz. Carapils malt steep for 30 minutes@ 155 in one gal of water
6 pounds of Extra Light Dried Malt Extract @60 minutes
1 oz. Hallertau bittering hops @60 minutes
2.75 pounds of Clover Honey @ 20 minutes
1 oz. crushed Coriander @ 5 minutes
1 oz. sweet Orange Peel @ 5 minutes
1 oz. Hallertau aroma hops @ 2 minutes
Safbrew S-33 dry yeast

Thank you for your help!


moorerm04 01-14-2013 05:36 PM

Doesn't look infected to me, but the best way to tell is pull a sample smell and taste it, is it sour, does it smell like crap?.... I don't know how you got an OG of 1.078 with only 6lb of DME.

dickproenneke 01-14-2013 05:37 PM

Looks like it's the yeast dropping out of suspension. You're all good

Kaz 01-14-2013 05:38 PM

I don't see anything out of the ordinary in that pic. While the yeast is in suspension the beer will look lighter than it really is and will darken a little as the yeast floc out. I think that is exactly what you are seeing here.

dickproenneke 01-14-2013 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by moorerm04 (Post 4784137)
I don't know how you got an OG of 1.078 with only 6lb of DME.

Yeah that don't sound right. Perhaps its around 3gal?

whoaru99 01-14-2013 05:45 PM

There's 2.75lb of honey in there too. I come up with about 1.074 on 5 gallons.

Waynep005 01-14-2013 05:53 PM

Just because your paranoid does not mean it is not infected.
Actuall it looks good to me.

njs170 01-14-2013 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by dickproenneke (Post 4784150)
Yeah that don't sound right. Perhaps its around 3gal?

I agree it didn't sound right to me either but I changed the recipe. This was a kit but the honey exploded in the box and I had to replace it with one I bought from BJs. The recipe called for 2lbs and my new container was 3lbs. I went a little heavy on the honey. When I got a reading of 1.078 I was confused. Well I entered all the information into BrewSmith with the 2.75lbs of honey it much closer to my numbers. I think there is about 4 to 4.5 gallons. I need to mark my carboys so I know for sure next time. Thank you for your time!

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