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Old 09-01-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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A had an extract cream ale iwith a dry yeast in the primary for about 22 days before transferring to secondary. A week later a whitish film has appeared on top. Is this a spoiled batch? It's been pretty hot here and I'm wondering if it's shot. Was very careful with keeping things sanitary.

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Old 09-01-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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Search NEVER DUMP YOUR BEER....After you read my post.

No matter what, It's probably ok. I'd just rack from under that film, bottle, and go for the gold.

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Old 09-12-2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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I just came up with the same problem. I racked and bottled while leaving the film in the carboy. Did you taste it? Mine tasted strongly like alcohol, maybe due to the high fermenting temperatures???

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Old 09-12-2008, 02:06 AM   #4
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According to "Home Beermaking - The Complete Beginner's Guidebook" by William More (3rd Ed.):

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White Film on the Surface

Problem: Caused by an airborne mold. Appears as a dusty white (very thin) film in the fermenter, and then appears again in the bottles beer. White film mold is not usually accompanied with a taste defect, so it is ok to drink the beer.
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many thanks, just noticed the film on my pale ale last night and was getting nervous. i'll taste it tonight.

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