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Old 04-17-2011, 04:20 AM   #1
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Default What's this? Fermentation doesn't look right.

I brewed a blonde ale last Sat. Everything was going well, airlock was very active, then settled down, No off smells or anything. Last night I decided to take a peek, and saw this. I'm a noob, about a half dozen or so brews under my belt, so I got a little excited, but after reading a few threads, I settled down to wait. I looked again tonight and nothing's changed. Is this something I should be concerned about? I'm ok to wait it out if that's what I should do, but if the beer's infected, I want to toss it now so I can start over and keep the pipeline full. I have the recipe and other details if that helps.

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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I brewed a blonde ale last Sat. Everything was going well, airlock was very active, then settled down, No off smells or anything. Last night I decided to take a peek, and saw this. I'm a noob, about a half dozen or so brews under my belt, so I got a little excited, but after reading a few threads, I settled down to wait. I looked again tonight and nothing's changed. Is this something I should be concerned about. I'm ok to wait it out if that's what I should do, but if the beer's infected, I want to toss it now so I can start over and keep the pipeline full. I have the recipe and other details if that helps.
that looks like a puke bucket and not a beer bucket. too bad im new at brewing too but from my experience as a biologist if it smells like a micro and looks like a microb , well boy howdy it is one
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:30 AM   #3
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You shouldn't take the lid off so much, or not at all. If you oxidize it not even all the hops in north america will fix it. Active fermintation will last up to and sometimes longer than 48 hours. After that it just sits there.
I don't like using buckets because you can't see what's going on. You might want to tranfer to secondary and take a sample to check the gravity. If its gone down the you know something happened.

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:35 AM   #4
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Looks like fermentation has been happening. It's ok and quit peeking.

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:39 AM   #5
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let it go, even if it was an infection they usually take way longer to show their signs, relax and ride it out...

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looks like top fermenting yeast to me

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I used Wyeast 1056. What's it doing up on top? It's been sitting at about 66 degrees all week.

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I used Wyeast 1056. What's it doing up on top? It's been sitting at about 66 degrees all week.
Fermentation/krausen can be an ugly thing...

My advice it to not look for a week or so. It should drop by then...

Have you checked the gravity? It may not be done fermenting...
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What's it doing up on top?
Surfing?
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Man! That makes me glad I don't have a carboy to see through.

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