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Old 10-01-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Yesterday I racked my first brew (a red ale kit) from the primary to the secondary, when I opened the lid on the primary it was a thing of beauty just few bubbles left over from fermentation and it smelled great and tasted great. The transfer went great no mishaps but now 21 hours later I have some white spots in my secondary, these could just be groups of tiny bubbles like some have mentioned in other threads ( I hope so) My question is how long would it take mold to grow? my fermentation area is a constant 66 degrees and the beer has been in the secondary since 10am Friday Sept 30, last night at 10pm all was well, this morning Saturday OCT 1 at 7am I see the spots.

After racking to the secondary there was a little action in the fermentation lock, it burped once every 5 minutes or so last night, it burped once this morning while I was checking it but I didn't bother timing it.

Could mold show up this fast? Or do I need to relax and have a store bought brew at 9:30am

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Old 10-01-2005, 03:16 PM   #2
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Relax for now. It sounds like little bubble clusters.

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Agreed. Most likely little bubbles from the CO2 that was / is in solution coming to the surface.

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Check them every day. If they start getting fuzzy on top...then worry!

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Thanks guys, I only have one week invested in this brew but it would really be discouraging to lose my first batch. However I do have a backup plan, I just purchased another 5 gallon carboy and a IPA kit from my local brew shop, tomorrow is brew day!

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Waldo, good luck. Let us know how it turns out.

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Well the spots haven't grown any bigger overnight, considering how fast they showed up if it were mold they should have covered the top by now.

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Well the spots haven't grown any bigger overnight, considering how fast they showed up if it were mold they should have covered the top by now.
Either that, or the mold is growing downward into your beer.




























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Nope, not growing downward, some are close enough to the edge to see that they are only on the surface. I think I can relax now, the little white spots are breaking up most have bigger bubbles in the middle now confirming that they are just tiny gas bubbles, sure does give ya a scare when you see that in your beer.

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Every thing is OK! these are absolutely tiny gas bubbles, its obvious now but when they first showed up they looked exactly like little patches of mold. Today most have broken up the ones that are left have bigger bubbles mixed in and are slowly disapearing.

This would all be easier if I just had some home brew to relax with, I'm looking at the second week of November for my first batch to be ready to sip.

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