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Old 05-27-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default WTF happened? Bottling day

So, this is my second brew.

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Brewer's Best Belgian Tripel - (http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1044_Belgian_Tripel.pdf)

Below are pictures of what my fermenter looks like on bottling day.

I recorded my FG and it is within where it should be. I just don't know if it is safe to drink/bottle. I know the color is very off because I messed up the order of the hops.

What the heck happened?

Is it still able to be drank and bottled? What did I do wrong? I am so confused.

Thanks for any help to this newbie.

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Old 05-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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thats what happens when beer ferments. its left over stuff fro the krausen.... i think.

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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LOL! Looks messy for sure.

It's a beautiful mix of krausen and hops you got there.

How long has it been in primary? You'll probably want to rack it a bit before bottling if you don't want that in your bottles.

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
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Yep, it's fine. Color isn't from hop additions though. You get it from the LME and DME. It will clear with bottling age after it gets cold.

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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That is post-fermentation goop... COMPLETELY NORMAL! Bottle and enjoy....

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:48 PM   #6
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When I crack open my fermenter, doves come flying out & the scent of a cool summer breeze permeates the air. I swear I've even heard Beethoven's 5th bubbling out of the mixture. That's me though. As for most people, what you see before you is what beer looks like before it's racked into bottles. You did fine. Bottle it up & wait.

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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might want to look into a hop bag.. but it looks like you are GTG.

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definitely a beer I would have put in secondary or a long cold crash.....or both

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Order of hop additions has absolutely zero to do with the appearance of your beer.

This beer is ugly, has weird crap on the sides of the bucket and floating in the top... in other words, a completely normal fermentation.

Dude, relax. You made beer!



Also, an edit for the record:

Beer is safe to bottle and drink. The worst you can get is beer that tastes bad. It CANNOT hurt you. NOTHING harmful to humans grows in beer. Alcohol and hops take care of that for you.

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You've probably already bottled it by now, but what basically happened is you probably washed some of the dried Krausen (on the sides of your bucket) into the beer when you moved the bucket from your basement to the kitchen. I always let my fermenter rest for half hout to an hour or so on bottling day to let the disturbed sediment/ect settle to the bottom before I rack it.

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