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Old 07-21-2009, 03:04 AM   #1
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Is this dark stuff the hops that came up with the yeast? or someting else? It smells like bananas. It has a brownish/green color.

Its an Amber Ale extract recipe with Wyeast Activator #1028.
It has been fermenting for about 48 hours, first 12 hrs at 75deg and the rest of the time 67deg.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:08 AM   #2

Yes, your beer is fine.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:08 AM   #3
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Normal. Krausen often looks weird and ugly while it's going on but after it's over you have beer!

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:09 AM   #4
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krausen can have dark particles pop up in the foam: it can be hop particles, proteins, and other residues. Completely normal.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:40 AM   #5
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I think it's fine. This is one reason I ferment in a bucket, once that lid is sealed I can't see what's going on and that's just how I like it!!!

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:01 AM   #6
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I think it's fine. This is one reason I ferment in a bucket, once that lid is sealed I can't see what's going on and that's just how I like it!!!
Same here! I usually ferment in a bucket, but recently bought a 6 gal carboy so I could see what was going on inside. Boy was the a mistake!

I figure as long as I can maintain temperature I'll stick with using buckets for primaries. The benefit to glass this time of year is that it's a better conductor of heat/cold than plastic, so it maintains temp better in a bath of water.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:48 PM   #7
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The banana scent is an indication that your fermentation temperature may have been a a bit high. Those are esters, given off by the yeast due to the elevated ferm temp. If you brought it down soon enough you probably wont have any residual flavor.

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