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Old 11-08-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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I noticed a little fuzz on top of the brew and on the lid after the first week in the primary. Fermentation seemed weak in airlock but I also was out of town for the 2nd and 3rd days. At the time it was difficult to tell if what was on top it was infection or some type of break. I decided to let it run and see where we got too.

Took the lid of today, 2 month mark in the primary...it smells pretty good but i've never had floaties like this in my brews before! Should I bottle it, and how? Any idea's/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Just paid for my membership so pics are attachments.

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Old 11-08-2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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bottle it, it couldn't hurt. at worst, it'll taste bad. conventional wisdom seems to say that no beer infection can actually harm you.

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Old 11-08-2009, 04:53 AM   #3
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If I can't get sick from any type of beer infection then I think I can just move on with it? Perhaps i'll rack it off to a secondary to let it clear for a while and move on with bottling. Just want to be sure I wont' be making anyone sick.

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:13 AM   #4
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've been told that the infection is more a concern for taste than health.

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The whole point behind brewing beer in old days was so that the people could have something safe to drink because no harmful bacteria can survive in fermenting beer wort. Yes, you can get stuff that can taste absolutely awful, but it will not actively make you sick.

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Old 11-08-2009, 07:55 AM   #6
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Best tip I learned for leaving solid junk behind in the primary: sanitize about 3-4 rubber bands, attach a hop bag to the suction end of an auto-siphon, and rack away.

I'd let it bottle condition for at least a month in your situation.

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i've been made sick from bad brews, but only due to nauseating flavor heck, I get that effect from most Saranac brews! if it's truly infected with mold you'll probably be dumping it anyway due to taste, so you won't be making anyone sick.
btw, the floaties look normal. those lid spots are a bit suspect, but hard to tell. if there's any dry fuzz that protrudes from the surface, it's mold.

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Thanks Guys!! I feel a lot better about it. I think I will use scrambledegg81's advice on racking. This forum is great, glad I joined.

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+1 on this forum being great... I am very glad that I found this place.

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Hey all,
I've brewed several batches and I think I have my first infection. It's a black IPA sitting in secondary after 2 weeks; I noticed it after 1 week. Does this look like an infection, or could it just be yeast chunks floating to the top? Should I bottle? Help would be greatly appreciated!

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