Moldy Beer!! - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Moldy Beer!!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-27-2006, 01:37 PM   #1
NLM
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Posts: 4


So i went to rack two batches out of the seconday into kegs and one had a layer of film on the top. The other had numerious large mold bubbles the size of golf balls! WTF!

I am very careful about sanitizing! perhaps this is from the air on top of the secodnary? (I had to use a 6 gal carboy for a 5 gal batch). My other thought is that the beer didnt ferment enough to kill off the nasties. One batch fermented from 1.040 to 1.020 and stopped. the other fermented from 1.030 to 1.010. I figured the yeast was too weak to ferment above a .020 drop. ie, it died when exposed to that small amount of alcohol. (by the way, i didnt mention that these were both english ales, extract brewed with english ale yeast, i used a starter and fermentaion began immediatly)


i definitly think its mold not bactaria. it doesnt smell at all. though the flavor is probably off. I've had batches before where i suspected contamination but never anything this evident. I'm mad because i thought i sterilized so well. i use B-brite on everything.

I think i'm going to trash both batches as well as the yeast i saved. Maybe the lees i saved are contaminted too?

Nathaniel



 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2006, 01:38 PM   #2
NLM
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Posts: 4

I should probably mention that i'm new here. been reading for a long time and became a member recently. I've been brewing and making wine for years but still learning there is always so much more you can learn!



 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2006, 06:54 AM   #3
casebrew
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
San Diego
Posts: 848
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Moldy bubbles the size of golf balls sounds normal to me. I think those are yeast balls. I hope you didn't dump it. Not unless it tastes moldy.

I think different yeasts do that. My last few batchs did it, and were gooder than before.
__________________
So far, I've had more experience thinking than I've had brewing....you don't think they are mutually exclusive, do you?

72 batches so far,
48 wine, mostly Loquat, peach, plum, prickly pear
23 beers and ciders
1 sauerkraut
1 Tequila, from a prickly pear wine experiment that didn't work. I call it "Prickly Heat"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2006, 07:21 AM   #4
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,731
Liked 94 Times on 62 Posts


You're beers gonna be fine. Leave it a week or so. Taste it and bottle it.
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2006, 10:31 AM   #5
Torchiest
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Houston, TX
Posts: 1,759
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Yeah, trashing the beer should be your last resort. It could be nothing. I'd say taste it; if it's good, follow your normal procedure and taste it later. If it's nasty, toss it and move on.
__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 04:28 PM   #6
NLM
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Posts: 4

Thanks for the comments. I keged it. Never noticed that before, maybe because i dont normally put it in a glass carboy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 04:37 PM   #7
Cheesefood
Recipes 
 
Jul 2005
Poo-Poo Land
Posts: 6,741
Liked 39 Times on 27 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by NLM
Thanks for the comments. I keged it. Never noticed that before, maybe because i dont normally put it in a glass carboy.
Before you toss, start up a thread with a poll and explain everything that's happened, give a timeline, and tasting notes. We'll vote on toss or keep.
__________________
Past Winners: Caramel Cream Ale #1, Hoegaarden Clone, Boom-Boom Vanilla Ale, Lazy Monk Abbey Style, Amarillo Cream Ale. (AG),

Buy a shirt now!!! Please! Did I help you? Buya shirt!
Cool Shirts.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 04:38 PM   #8
Desert_Sky
 
Desert_Sky's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2006
Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 4,063
Liked 52 Times on 40 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheesefood
We'll vote on toss or keep.
Or send to us for proper disposal
__________________
Desert Sky Brewing Co.
Sierra Vista, AZ

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 04:44 PM   #9
LarMoeCur
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 442
Liked 33 Times on 26 Posts


What ever you do. Keep it, bottle it, drink it! Not uncommon to have floaties when using top fermenting yeast.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moldy Top? Georgian Novice Extract Brewing 26 06-15-2010 03:01 PM
Moldy, sour beer in fermenter. Superdave All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 06-05-2009 10:16 PM
Moldy LME SOB Extract Brewing 8 07-12-2007 01:46 AM
Steam Beer in a moldy basement Trrance Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 07-02-2006 11:26 PM
Ye Old Moldy Ale Ruy Lopez All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 06-23-2005 08:22 PM


Forum Jump