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Old 01-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
Sep 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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So, I've been brewing for about 6 months and have done a pretty good job of not panicking when I see something new during the fermentation process. This one however, has me worried.


This is an IPA which has been racked to secondary and is being dry hopped (you can see the bag in the background there). It was in primary for about 3 weeks, then in secondary about 1 week before I added the hops. The hops have been in there for about 5 days. I only noticed this strange substance today. I had checked it yesterday and didn't notice. When I look closely there is a bit of the same substance on the yeast cake itself. None of it is floating above the the beer, just inside of it. What could this be? I have been incredibly tight with my sanitation methods and my only change here was that I was using washed yeast. I used washed yeast from the same batch in another beer and that one doesn't show anything like this.

It smells fine, it tastes fine. I was planning on bottling tomorrow. Please tell me to RDWHAHB.

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:58 AM   #2
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Uh, is that white leaf thing not part of the bag? If not, it looks like some film that might have released from your better bottle. I'd let it go for a while more and see if it grows.

Might be nothing. I'm not a panicker, and that does not look like an infection, but it's not a normal product of fermentation (in my experience).

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Old 01-05-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
Sep 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Correct, that white leaf thing is not part of the bag. Like I said, it's on the bottom as well. It's a new better bottle and I washed it as thoroughly as I could and sanitized it as well. I'll see if I can get a better picture, but it's only visible from the side since it's not floating on top.

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Old 01-05-2012, 04:05 AM   #4
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I think you have been invaded by an Alien!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #5
Jun 2011
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well I'll tell ya drink some of your good stuff. I have never saw anything like that before but if it smells an tastes ok all you can do is just wait it out. you probably will be alright.

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Old 01-05-2012, 04:46 AM   #6

I had this exact thing myself once. Turned out a big albino rat took a dump in my beer. Tasted fine though, so I wouldn't worry too much.

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:17 AM   #7
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It does look strange. Give the carboy a knock or two and it may just drop out.

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:23 AM   #8
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You should take a chunk out and eat it. If you get sick, don't drink any.

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:25 AM   #9
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Weird it almost looks like a deformed cork
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:27 AM   #10
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If I had to guess I would say it was some coagulated cold/hot break. I have had and seen some weird stuff floating in beer before - there doesn't seem to be any sign of infection. - you could always rack out away from it leave it to sit a while longer - see if it forms any more dorsal fins.

I would keep the beer though.
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