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Old 12-23-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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Two weeks ago I switched my stout from primary to secondary, adding vanilla bean. Just came back from vacations to find there is white mold (we are talking furry mold, not just spots) floating on top.

Logic would tell me that the culprit is the vanilla, and the general idea I gather is that there shouldn't be any problem, but I have no idea what the furry mold will do when I bottle this batch.

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Old 12-23-2011, 06:57 PM   #2
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Bummer. What are your cleaning and sanitization practices like?

Also, did you soak the vanilla bean in vodka or other alcohol before adding it to secondary?
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:11 PM   #3
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I use star sans to clean all of my instruments and containers, and I am fairly thorough.

The vanilla bean was soaked in a half a glass of vodka. Both were placed in the secondary before adding the stout.

I mean to taste the stout before bottling to see if it is ruined or contaminated in some other way. To tell the truth I am not very optimistic.

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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You could try racking from underneath it into another vessel.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:37 PM   #5
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You could try racking from underneath it into another vessel.
I've had good results doing this with beers that looked sketchy but tasted fine otherwise.

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #6
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My secondary fermentor has a spigot at the bottom. Since the mold is floating at the top I figured I could move most of it into a different vessel without mixing too much before bottling.

I would be pretty upset if the batch turns out bad because I put a lot of love into this one.

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:51 PM   #7
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My secondary fermentor has a spigot at the bottom. Since the mold is floating at the top I figured I could move most of it into a different vessel without mixing too much before bottling.

I would be pretty upset if the batch turns out bad because I put a lot of love into this one.

 
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