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Old 02-24-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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I brewed a five gallon batch of creme ale. I wanted to split it into two for different flavoring. I was actually trying a variation of a carmel vanilla recipe that I found on here. So I racked into two five gallon carboys. It's been two weeks and I checked it today and it looked like there was some mold floating in the beer. I was stupid and didn't think to purge the air out with co2 . Is the beer toast?


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Old 02-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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You sure it's mold? Pictures would help...

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Old 02-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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It could just be yeast rafts. I'd post a pic. Lots of newer homebrewers mistake yeast rafts for an infection. I'll post a pic of my infected pale ale if you want, lol.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I guess not 100% . I can post pic later. I am at work now and this is really bugging me. After I transfered the airlock never filled up. I am thinking I should keg tonite. Usually I use priming sugar to carbonate but now I think I might be bettet to force carb and chill to slow potential oxidation. This beer is entered in a competition in April hope it works out.
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So what are the signs of an infection?
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Infections are rare. Give it time and see what happens.
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/post...fection-71400/
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Thanks for that. Mine don't look like that. Do you think I can naturally carbonate in the keg being that the carboys were half full? Would the extra head space kill the yeast? Should I just force carb?
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extra headspace won't kill your yeast. carbonate either way that you please.


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