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Old 10-07-2012, 09:32 PM   #11
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it is fine...that is just a very active ferment and hop debris stuck on the side....

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Alright, that's relieving to hear. Thanks for the quick reply!

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:40 PM   #13
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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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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!
I would taste it that def looks like a pellicle to me my guess is its gonna be a bit sour. Btw why are you only using tin foil and not a airlock ? It will allow oxygen in which will encourage acetobacter as well as Brett to grow in a aerobic state.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:17 AM   #15
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Smells fine, tastes great, no sourness, so I kegged it. Sorry for the bad picture; and there is an airlock on top, it's just out of the frame. Sometimes I wrap tinfoil around the glass-rubber stopper-airlock joint to be extra-safe, even though it probably does nothing. Thanks again!

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My guess is. If you have to ask... . dump it. But seriously, if you have to ask, don't ask.

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #17
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My guess is. If you have to ask... . dump it. But seriously, if you have to ask, don't ask.
If that were true 99% of the first timers batches would be poured down the sink...I would think a more accurate statement would be if you have to ask then drink it. If it isn't so obvious that you know without asking it is probably fine.
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My guess is. If you have to ask... . dump it. But seriously, if you have to ask, don't ask.
I've been brewing for years and still ask questions... Just because t may seem like a noob question does not make it invalid and obviously the op cared enough to do so and good for him as its better to ask and calm his nerves and give a legitimate answer than to not and become discouraged to brew more and feel the hbt community is not helpful. I for one appreciate the op for asking.


To the op it looks like floculated yeast to me that floated to the top that had happened to me with English strains often. As to the black stuff on the sides and lids that looks like Krausen that stuck to the sides and top. That is why I use clear glass 99% of the time that yeast may have been floating up there the whole time.
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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.
...2 month in the primary ?
At this point get it into a sterile secondary vessel and ensure you leave all that floating stuff behind ...I'd be inclined do a taste-test before bottling and then make a go/no-go decision at that point.
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Smells fine, tastes great, no sourness, so I kegged it. Sorry for the bad picture; and there is an airlock on top, it's just out of the frame. Sometimes I wrap tinfoil around the glass-rubber stopper-airlock joint to be extra-safe, even though it probably does nothing. Thanks again!
I think it'll be fine. I would definitely keep direct sunlight or fluorescent out of contact with your carboys though.
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