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Old 11-13-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default My first infection thread... please help me decipher these pictures

Well, as the title states, I started my Apfelwein yesterday, mid-day... and didn't notice any fermentation signs until this morning. It's slowly starting to bubble from the airlock, 1 bubble every 3-4 minutes, but there's some nasty white stuff floating on top. When should I consider aborting the whole batch??

It looks totally different from my Wit brew, so its scary




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Old 11-13-2010, 02:45 PM   #2
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That nasty stuff floating up to the surface is YEAST....it is beginning to form a krausen on top of your cider, and it ferments. It's going to get uglier looking...and be exactly what you want it to be.

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Yay... thats what I wanted to hear. Thanks for the quick reply. I can go back to eating my breakfast tacos and hopefully a beer or 3 later today

Appreciate the quick response Revvy. My other batch looks like that pic you just posted, I guess I missed that part of the krausen forming while I was asleep on the first one.
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Here is what you are missing....Timelapsed beer fermentation

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Wow, yeah... in just the last few hours, the full top of the carboy is filled with a foamy krausen now, instead of those yeast deposits. Amazing how fast that stuff grows.
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Did you used Ed Wort's Apfelwein recipe? If so, I thought that it doesnt form a Krausen?
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Did you used Ed Wort's Apfelwein recipe? If so, I thought that it doesnt form a Krausen?
Well... I did use Edworts recipe, but I got the yeast from one of the LHBS, and the place was rather sketchy. I wasn't sure how long the yeast had been in the store, so I wanted to make a starter. I bought some yeast starter (basically a small amount of DME) and pitched it in to my growler I had. Once I found out that my yeast was viable, I pitched it in to my secondary carboy with the apple juice.

While the krausen isn't very large at all, I believe the yeast starter allowed there to be a small krausen to form... but it's starting to go down now. It's just sort of foamy at the top, but the 5 gallon carboy was filled 95% of the way to the top, and the foam was nipping at the top. I'm watching it carefully to make sure I don't have need to scramble and find a blow off tube.

Worst case is, I'll use my siphoning tubing as a blowoff I think.
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Have you gotten rhino farts yet? I thought people where just being dramatic. They weren't.
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No, no Rhino Farts yet
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I guess the kraeusen is there because of the malt in the extract. If its just apple juice and sugar then there should be much of a "head" formed.


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