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Old 06-26-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default What the *&^@#% is that floating?

Hi all, need some help. I'm fermenting a lager @ 50. I cracked the lid on the bucket today, and there's white flakes floating in it, real nasty looking. I've read some other posts and they describe little white flakes are actually yeast colonies, but there's nothing little about what I got. Before i dump it, can anyone identify whats going on. Here's some pics...

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Old 06-26-2012, 12:46 AM   #2
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Looks like your krausen is breaking up. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it smells like vinegar.


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Old 06-26-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Regardless of what it is, don't dump it! Keg it, lager it, and see how it turns out. Every beer I've made that has had something weird looking floating in it has turned out just fine, an I've been brewing since 2002. Believe in the process, my friend
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #4
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Strange, but I've never seen an infection look like that. It's just another variation of yeast fermentation. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:00 AM   #5
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I've had that in an ale. It was nothing to worry about. I feel mine was krausen that was broken up when I moved the fermentor around. I noticed no off tastes or anything weird.
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Almost looks like cold break to me. It probably is yeast, though. As others have said, please don't dump this beer until you've given it a proper chance!
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Looks like pig fat to me. Probably not the best adjunct to use in lagers.
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Thanks all! I was praying I don't have to dump, it smells too good. Too chicken to taste it though...

I'll let it finish and not worry too much.
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Looks like pig fat to me. Probably not the best adjunct to use in lagers.
Mmm...BBQ pork and beer! Here comes summer.
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Looks like pig fat to me. Probably not the best adjunct to use in lagers.
Are you going to start an insanely long post entitled "I added pig fat to my wort!"


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