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mattrennert 07-21-2009 03:04 AM

Is this normal?
 
Is this dark stuff the hops that came up with the yeast? or someting else? It smells like bananas. It has a brownish/green color.

Its an Amber Ale extract recipe with Wyeast Activator #1028.
It has been fermenting for about 48 hours, first 12 hrs at 75deg and the rest of the time 67deg.

http://pooforthecrew.com/image002.jpg

Suthrncomfrt1884 07-21-2009 03:08 AM

Yes, your beer is fine.

Nurmey 07-21-2009 03:08 AM

Normal. Krausen often looks weird and ugly while it's going on but after it's over you have beer!

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davesrose 07-21-2009 03:09 AM

krausen can have dark particles pop up in the foam: it can be hop particles, proteins, and other residues. Completely normal.

Shooter 07-21-2009 04:40 AM

I think it's fine. This is one reason I ferment in a bucket, once that lid is sealed I can't see what's going on and that's just how I like it!!! :cool:

MurderMittenBrewing 07-21-2009 06:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shooter (Post 1443535)
I think it's fine. This is one reason I ferment in a bucket, once that lid is sealed I can't see what's going on and that's just how I like it!!! :cool:

Same here! I usually ferment in a bucket, but recently bought a 6 gal carboy so I could see what was going on inside. Boy was the a mistake!

I figure as long as I can maintain temperature I'll stick with using buckets for primaries. The benefit to glass this time of year is that it's a better conductor of heat/cold than plastic, so it maintains temp better in a bath of water.

hopvine 07-21-2009 12:48 PM

The banana scent is an indication that your fermentation temperature may have been a a bit high. Those are esters, given off by the yeast due to the elevated ferm temp. If you brought it down soon enough you probably wont have any residual flavor.


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