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Old 09-24-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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i had some beer in the secondary and i looked at it and it had mold on the top of it. Can I bottle it or just throw it out??? What would cause this??? First time I had this happen.

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Old 09-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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What kind of secondary? If there wasn't a tight seal it could have gotten in that way. If you didn't sanitize everything...etc.

I was wondering if it would be possible to throw the infected beer back into the pot, and pasteurize for 20 min or so. I realize this might mess up your late hop additions, but maybe just re-hop?

Hopefully someone more experienced could answer this.

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are you 100% sure it is mold ( any pics you can post?)

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First off, howdy from a Winthrop alum! I miss Rock Hill some days. Most days I don't

Second, definitely post a pic. Krausen and yeast rafts come in many different forms, you could just be seeing some krausen that didn't fall or some funky yeast rafts. Even if you have mold, it likely won't even infect your beer. Just rack under it when you keg/bottle, and you'll be fine.

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i always santized everything. it was is in a carboy. i think it was just yeast on top. i bottled everything. will check it in a couple weeks.

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Did you taste the hydro sample?

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Odds are excellent that it was yeast rafts or floating krausen. That being said, mold won't hurt the bottled beer. Just rack from underneath it and enjoy.

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I tasted the beer and it taste like grapefruit juice????

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Maybe acetaldehyde from being green?

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I just read (and replied!) to another thread referring to a grapefruit flavor. It is probably from the hops. As I said in that thread, if you have access to beers from Founder's (brewed in southern Michigan), get yourself a Red RyePA. Great grapefruit flavors and one of my favorite beers.

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