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Old 06-11-2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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Default Please tell me this is Krausen...

So this is my pumpkin ale that is not clarifying and now has a funky bubble like foam (hoping REALLY hoping it's krausen).

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Forgot to mention that it's in the secondary.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:10 AM   #2
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Looks normal to me. There are a few reasons to have some foam reappear in a secondary vessel-- change in temperature (CO2 will come out of solution and could create a foam) or fermentation not really done.

Did you check your specific gravity to see if fermentation is done? Has the ambient temperature risen?

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I've had that several times before in my secondary as well. I always get the weirdest looking beer when it comes time to rest in the secondary, and I always freak out, and it always ends up coming out fine. I usually just comfort myself by going and looking at pictures of REAL infected fermentations online

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:14 AM   #4
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If anything I moved it to a cooler place, the downstairs can get really cold at times.

And no, actually I forgot to take a OG and a week later I still hadn't so I was just being lazy and transfered it. It's been in the secondary for almost two weeks now. I'm going to leave it there for another week or so until I can buy some bottles.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:15 AM   #5
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Glad to know I'm not the only one who freaks out at the simplest things.


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I've had that several times before in my secondary as well. I always get the weirdest looking beer when it comes time to rest in the secondary, and I always freak out, and it always ends up coming out fine. I usually just comfort myself by going and looking at pictures of REAL infected fermentations online
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:18 AM   #6
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If anything I moved it to a cooler place, the downstairs can get really cold at times.

And no, actually I forgot to take a OG and a week later I still hadn't so I was just being lazy and transfered it. It's been in the secondary for almost two weeks now. I'm going to leave it there for another week or so until I can buy some bottles.
No! Recycle! Go to a bar on a sunday morning, ask them if you can take the bottles from the recycling bin (Most bars around here lock their bins), and you'll be set for the next few batches. Clean and delabel, and you'll be happy you did in the end. I dunno about you, but aside from the bitch that delabeling is (even with soaking the bottles in oxyclean for days), I still get great satisfaction when it's all done. Who pays for bottles these days, anyways?
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:08 AM   #7
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Problem is I don't know where any of the bars are around here and I'm not a huge fan of delabeling.

Anyway, question two is should I rake it again? To a thirdary (is that even a word?)

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No! Recycle! Go to a bar on a sunday morning, ask them if you can take the bottles from the recycling bin (Most bars around here lock their bins), and you'll be set for the next few batches. Clean and delabel, and you'll be happy you did in the end. I dunno about you, but aside from the bitch that delabeling is (even with soaking the bottles in oxyclean for days), I still get great satisfaction when it's all done. Who pays for bottles these days, anyways?
the problem with bottles at bars is most of them will be screw top. I just delabeled my first bottles for my first batch. All it took was a soak in oxyclean overnight and all the labels were gone.
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Tertiary. No, leave it alone, it's fine.

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Shouldn't you have your secondary in a 5 gallon carboy and filled to the neck? Once you have the brew up to the neck of the carboy the surface area for contamination is smaller.

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