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Old 05-05-2013, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default What is this? Mold? The "I" word?

Hi everyone,

We just uncovered an American Amber we've had in secondary to rack it tonight. When we uncovered it we saw this floating on top. I know the pictures don't do them justice but they look like extremely small grains of rice. Can anyone help us identify this? Thanks again for all of your help!

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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It's yeast bubbles.

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:44 AM   #3
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Probably yeast rafts and nothing to worry about. If it smells OK and tastes OK I would not worry. If it smells bad or tastes bad then....

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Yeast bubbles?

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Just yeast rafts and CO2 bubbles. Looks like a nice clean beer.

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Yeast bubbles (hey, why not add one more voice?).

Look here to see what an infection can look like - that white stuff is an infected beer:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/infected-408900/

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Yeah,that's just yeast chunks stirred up off the bottom during fermentation. Fermentation causes a convection current in primary,stirring things up till it's done. Most settle out again,some float. Your yeasties left you a floater!

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Thanks for the quick replies everyone! My wife was a microbiology major and naturally wanted to make sure before we racked it. I'll let her know they are yeast rafts, probably leave the word floater out of it though 😉. It didn't smell bad when I pulled the airlock and I'll report back on taste this afternoon after we rack it. Thanks again and cheers!

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lolz,yeah,being the color it is,leaving floater out might be good in her regard.
Although,since she knows better,it might be funny. always leave'em laughin...

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looks bad - don't drink it and send to me so i can make sure its bad

That really looks nice! Your in good shape

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