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Old 12-19-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Sorry, I couldn't resist. I already know the answer - heck, no! I'm really just looking for some confirmation of what I already know (or think that I know).

The situation: my big Irish red ale sat in primary for four weeks. I planned to rack it to secondary for two weeks and then bottle. Life and the holidays got in the way, I'm now at five (six?) weeks in seconday. Meh, whatever.

Back when I was racking, I noticed that my moving the primary had kicked up some nice, snotlike lumps of gunk from the trub. Most of these settled out prior to me racking, but I did grab a small amount of this.

This morning, I took a peek at my secondary (I use glass carboys, and keep them wrapped in a sheet to block light). What I see is an attractive, dark ale... with maybe a couple dozen little odd spots around the top edge of the liquid.

The spots/clumps are bright white in color, and are irregularly shaped. None of them are out in the middle, they are all spaced around the edge of the beer, against the glass. Sizewize, none of them are larger than a pencil eraser (many are smaller).

I suspect that these are simply yeast rafts. The only other thing I can think of would be mold; either way, I intend to rack out from under them and bottle as usual. Yeast used is WLP004 (Irish ale yeast), if that helps.

I see no indication of a pellicile formation, or of the "hard" bubbly crust that often goes with the classic infection threads. I'm not worried, per se, just curious if my judgement is correct. Your input is appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Most likely and without a picture your assumption is correct. Did you take a sample to taste and smell. If it smells like beer and tastes like beer it is most likely fine.

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Most likely and without a picture your assumption is correct. Did you take a sample to taste and smell. If it smells like beer and tastes like beer it is most likely fine.
Nah, I haven't taken a sample. I figure that I will leave the carboy sealed until I do actually bottle, so as to not disturb the CO2 layer.

I fully intend to bottle as normal.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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bottle the dayumed beer.

you know that

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Old 12-19-2012, 02:34 PM   #5
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bottle the dayumed beer.

you know that
Oh, I will. I was just looking for opinions on my lumps.
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Id say yeast rafts are the most likley culprit also. I'd say your good to go.
Big Irish Red sounds delicious. Im thirsty.

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Old 12-19-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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Id say yeast rafts are the most likley culprit also. I'd say your good to go.
Big Irish Red sounds delicious. Im thirsty.
I really hope that it turns out. I had some issues with this one (link to my blog is in my sig if you want to go back and laugh at me). This was the first recipe I've done that I consider to be "mine". Same ratios as a normal Irish red, but a little higher on OG and IBUs... i.e. a "big" red.
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Oh, I will. I was just looking for opinions on my lumps.
i have no opinion, whatever, on your lumps.

and let us all thank the heavens for that
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i have no opinion, whatever, on your lumps.

and let us all thank the heavens for that
Ho ho. Ha ha. Funnneeeee!
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You can always try to make vinegar with some of it!

http://allgrains.blogspot.com/2012/1...t-vinegar.html

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