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Old 11-16-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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So a few weeks back I posted about my beer stinking up a storm after a month in primary. I racked to secondary and the smell died down significantly but this thin layer of white (looks like thin, solidified lard on top of water)!!!

I am freaking out. I am supposed to bottle this weekend but am wondering if I should even bother with it? I attached pictures let me know if any of you have had this before, and when bottled everything was fine.

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I really hope I can bottle, I don't want to waste the beer



 
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:41 AM   #2
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Yeah looks like you have something in there. Doesn't mean it's ruined though. Carefully pull a sample from under the skin and taste it. If it's nasty it's lost but if it taste fine even a little funky, you can still bottle it and drink it quickly.


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Old 11-16-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's definitely got some bugs in it. What sort of style of beer is this? Have you taken a hydrometer sample? If you've still got fermentables in this, you can change the character with added bugs/yeast. If you taste it and it's too funky or weird, maybe add some sour bottle dregs, or other yeast/bacteria and let it sit.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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I am making a Nut Brown Ale, used English Ale Yeast. I took the hydrometer sample when I first transferred the beer into secondary, it had not reached final gravity so I assume what you are saying is correct. I was planning on adding more yeast 3 days before bottling, wondering if I should do this now. I will taste it later today or tomorrow and take second hydrometer sample to see if anything has changed.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:06 PM   #5
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Why were you gonna add more yeast 3 days before bottling?
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #6
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I added whole hops to the primary one time and got something similar. It was mold. Open it up and smell for stale moldy smell. On a brighter note, I transferred all but the top few inches into a keg and the beer came out ok. If I recall correctly, it did have a faint mold taste initially, but once cooled and carbonated, it was fine.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
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[Revvy] My recipe book told me to??? lol. I think the concept is add yeast three days before bottling to ensure carbonation in the bottles. Three days is supposed to give it enough time to make sure yeast is suspended in the beer before bottling.

 
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[Revvy] My recipe book told me to??? lol. I think the concept is add yeast three days before bottling to ensure carbonation in the bottles. Three days is supposed to give it enough time to make sure yeast is suspended in the beer before bottling.
You don't need to do that. If the beer's sat in secondary for like a year you might need to add more yeast BUT you just add some into your bucket when you are bottling. Not days before.

Just bottle normally.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:45 PM   #9
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Toss that better bottle, and anything else plastic that touched that wort. You don't want to cross contaminate any other batches.

I know it means throwing away about $50 worth of stuff, but it's not worth rolling the dice.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #10
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Toss that better bottle, and anything else plastic that touched that wort. You don't want to cross contaminate any other batches.

I know it means throwing away about $50 worth of stuff, but it's not worth rolling the dice.
There's really no need to do that, a strong bleach solution will kill everything. I'd toss the hoses and get new because they're cheap but there's no reason to toss a better bottle.



 
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