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Old 05-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Pretty Sure I Have Mold. What To Do?

I've been homebrewing for about a year and haven't had any failures yet. This sure looks like a mold to me. I did extensive searching and have not been able to find anything that resembles this.
Should I bother providing more details, or pitch it? It is an all grain American Pale Ale and I'm using a cleaned and sanitized old Mr. Beer tub for the primary. OG- 1.065, current gravity 1.031-1.032 and has been fermenting for 6 days.

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Old 05-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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That is awesome, looks like nerve cells. But I would definitely think you have a problem....not one that necessarily leads to pitching, but being I haven't seen that one before, I'll let the masters give further instruction.

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Old 05-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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I'm pretty good at Google-Fu and couldn't find anything that resembles this after 3 hours of searching. Figured I'd throw it out for everyone to see.

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Well, that's definitely an infection of some sort. It's hard to tell from your picture if it is mold - is it furry looking?

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I don't think it's mold, it's an infection of some sort which is different from mold.

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Here is a thread wi lots of pics.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f127/pel...ection-174033/

Maybe there is some info in there that you can use.

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It looks fairly similar to this guy's mold infection. Yours just looks to be a bit more...cultivated.

It certainly doesn't look like your typical brett biofilm or lacto pellicle. Grab a sample out from under it and see how it tastes. If it tastes fine, bottle it or keg it or whatever you do with your beer. If it doesn't, pitch it. Either way, ditch the Mr. Beer tub and get a replacement bucket or something. It's hard to get contaminants out of plastic.

EDIT: If it is a bacterial or wild yeast infection, it could still be fermenting albeit slowly. Wait a few weeks and make sure the gravity is stable before bottling if you plan on keeping it.

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Sorry to hear about your beer but that sh1t looks super cool. Would you take a few more pics, maybe a close up, or with a whiter light, pretty please

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Cue the guy saying: "Just let it go. It's a sour, now."

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Maybe a lacto/pedio infection:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/lac...ection-359936/

Have you tasted it? The underlying beer might still be fine. It might also go sour, which is a style that some people really dig (like me).

It may sound sick, but my sorrow for your infection is actually tinged with a bit of jealousy. I think I would name that infection Larry and put it in a corner somewhere and see what develops while you try to CSI the infection.

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Look at that, I barged in right on cue! My timing is impeccable today...
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