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Old 01-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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OK..so I have an extract kit American Pale Ale in primary right now. It's been in primary for just under 2 weeks. I pulled the cover off the bucket today and found a bunch of small gold clusters of something. I know these pictures aren't the best, but iPhones struggle focusing on beer apparently. Is this infected or just the remaining krausen? It smells like a flat APA...I didn't taste it because I'm a pansy...

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Side view before taking FG:


So what do you brew gurus think? Random floating debris or infection? I was going to dry hop on Monday...

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:52 AM   #2
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It's just the remains of your krausen floating on the top...you're a pansy.

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I am 99.9% sure that what you have there is just floating particles of yeast. a batch I just did recently with s-04 yeast had a lot of the similar little yeasties floating in clumps on the surface.

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I'd guess debris of some sort. Let it finish up and give it a try.

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The funny thing is... I read though about 10 pages on the "Post Your Infection" thread and looked at countless pictures and thought to myself, "I'll know I have an infection if I see one after looking at all these pics!" Then I open the lid and I instantly think, "I don't remember what any infection looks like except the spiderweb-looking one!"

Thanks for the reassurance everyone! I'll taste it before I dry hop on monday...if I can get my pansy panties off!

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Does every new brewer think we have an infection. I have a bucket and didn't look but I just knew there was something growing in there that wasn't supposed to for the three weeks it was fermenting.

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