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Old 07-16-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default Ugh, pretty sure this is bacteria. . .

I just took a look at my Irish Red tonight and there's some not so lovely white splotches on the top of the brew. . .





Sorry for the crap quality, I snapped them with my phone.

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White splotches are fairly common. If there are tentacles hanging down, you've got a problem. If it's just a layer on the surface you're probably all right. Give it a whiff. If you're not sure, let it go. You'll eventually get an even layer across the whole top with bubbles in it. Just rack beneath it and enjoy.

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Hard to see from that pic. Could be yeast.

Is it fuzzy or anything?

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Well even though the picture is crappy it just looks like fizzy yeast colonies on the surface of the beer, which a lot of new brewers panic and think it is infected, and since it is really difficult to ruin your beer, 99% of the time turns out to be nothing, but yeast kicked up and buoyed to the surface by rising co2. It then sits on the surface in little clumps.

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How long has it been sitting? Looks like yeast to me. RDWHAHB!

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I just racked it to secondary on Sunday so 4 days ago and it showed up. It looks almost like grease when it cools down and floats on the top of a pan.

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I just racked it to secondary on Sunday so 4 days ago and it showed up. It looks almost like grease when it cools down and floats on the top of a pan.
Yeah, then you're fine...it is yeast kicked up by co2 from the move. Sometimes if people rack BEFORE fermentation is complete (and not bothering to take to consecutive grav reading to make sure it is complete) Krauzens even form.

Did you dry hop in secondary? That ALSO can look pretty funky as the hop oils interact with the rising co2 bubbles, sometimes the bubbles get trapped under a layer of oils.

Since you racked it, it is alcohol at this stage, and it is even less likely that it is an infection.

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Phew, I was freaking out that I screwed up. I took gravity readings 3 days in a row and it held steady so I racked it. *shrug*

Thanks for the reassurance!

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I racked my Arrogant Bastard clone to secondary on sunday, and it looks EXACTLY like that right now. It's fine.

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