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Old 10-09-2009, 12:52 AM   #1
dawei21
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Hey all,

It's been about 2 weeks since I put my Irish Red into the bottles. A few days ago I noticed something that hadn't been there before. It's like these dark, solid particles about the size of a grain of sand floating on the top of all of the bottles.

Also if I tilt the bottle, I can see that whatever it is left a ring around the inside of the neck, right where the surface of the beer is.

Any ideas what this is? It definitely was not there one week ago. There are also some dark clouds that I can see swirling around when I move the bottle a little, no idea if it's related.



 
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Old 10-09-2009, 03:25 AM   #2

Put down the beer... don't look at it. Come back in two weeks and check again. Most bottles will have a little ring on the neck. It's because when you bottle, you're adding more sugar. The sugar ferments to create carbonation and builds a mini krausen on top of the beer. This is what you're seeing in your bottles. The cloud is probably yeast.

Leave them alone and let the stuff settle.


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Old 10-09-2009, 03:32 AM   #3
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corn sugar will not create a mini krausen.
What are you using to carbonate with?

 
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:00 AM   #4
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corn sugar will not create a mini krausen.
What are you using to carbonate with?
I just used the sugar the brew shop gave me. It was like powdered sugar...I want to say it was sucrose but I'm not sure. Tasted like regular powdered sugar to me.

 
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:50 AM   #5
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i'm sure it was dextrose (corn sugar) if you got it from the brew shop. i don't know that corn sugar won't create a mini-krausen. ultimately, you're fine, just let it sit another week or so, put it in the fridge for a few days, and drink it.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:08 PM   #6

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corn sugar will not create a mini krausen.
What are you using to carbonate with?
Anytime you put extra sugar in a beer, it will create krausen. It may not be noticeable on most beers, but when you're new to the game, you can notice little things because you're not expecting them.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:07 AM   #7
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Hi dawei21,

I have something similar going on. How did it turn out for you?



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