I need your opinions... - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > I need your opinions...
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-19-2012, 03:18 AM   #1
Oddball
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 209
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts



I just brewed my first all grain batch with my brother (orange honey wheat). When we opened the bucket to take a gravity reading I noticed something that I had never seen in any of my previous batches (about 15 partial and 3 extract). Some of it just looks like small bubbles on the top but there are a few white spots as well. It doesn't really taste sour, just a little acidic (we did add fresh orange zest).

So my question is, do you guys think it is infected? If so, what are my options with this batch?

Thanks for your help....


Click image for larger version

Name:	beer 1.jpg
Views:	140
Size:	18.3 KB
ID:	68879   Click image for larger version

Name:	beer 2.jpg
Views:	142
Size:	15.8 KB
ID:	68880  

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 03:19 AM   #2
dlaramie08
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Robards, Kentucky
Posts: 415
Liked 90 Times on 58 Posts


That's just yeast. It's fine.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 03:22 AM   #3
Oddball
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 209
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by dlaramie08 View Post
That's just yeast. It's fine.
I have had batches before that had little yeast flakes on the surface and this looks a little different than that. I hope you are right though, because it has me a little worried. I know, I know RDWHAHB, but it is my first batch with my brother and I just don't want to turn him off right away...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 03:27 AM   #4
ReverseApacheMaster
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Keller, Texas
Posts: 4,881
Liked 254 Times on 196 Posts


Yeast. Looks absolutely normal.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 03:34 AM   #5
BrettFitz
Recipes 
 
Apr 2012
Lake Worth, FL
Posts: 94
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


Not that I am asking because I know WTF I'm talking about, but:
1. How long was it in the bucket before you opened it for this reading? Was it the first reading - and if not did the first crack at it look different?
2. Might be a funny photo effect, but how much head space is in that bucket? It looks sort of like 2 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon bucket. Just curious, I've read plenty of threads on the forum about CO2 displacing oxygen during fermentation so it is probably no big deal either way. Still, I frequently muse over silly thoughts like that while I should be doing something more productive...
3. Was your brother there when you peeked in and sneaked this photo? Taste it, if it seems wacky beyond "green," I'd be tempted to buy a couple cases of his favorite beer you are trying to clone and refill the bucket. I might pour a couple liters of moonshine in just to give him a little something to think about while I'm at it... Heck, I'd prolly just do that in a second bucket anyhow and keep the HB for myself!

Truthfully, I am paranoid about infection as well. So for the most part, I don't ever open the bucket - I just wait at least 2 or 3 weeks then bottle (unless I rack to a secondary, and that is NOT my typical MO). So far every batch has been spot on.

Hope this one works out for ya-

Brett

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 03:42 AM   #6
Oddball
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 209
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BrettFitz View Post
Not that I am asking because I know WTF I'm talking about, but:
1. How long was it in the bucket before you opened it for this reading? Was it the first reading - and if not did the first crack at it look different?
2. Might be a funny photo effect, but how much head space is in that bucket? It looks sort of like 2 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon bucket. Just curious, I've read plenty of threads on the forum about CO2 displacing oxygen during fermentation so it is probably no big deal either way. Still, I frequently muse over silly thoughts like that while I should be doing something more productive...
3. Was your brother there when you peeked in and sneaked this photo? Taste it, if it seems wacky beyond "green," I'd be tempted to buy a couple cases of his favorite beer you are trying to clone and refill the bucket. I might pour a couple liters of moonshine in just to give him a little something to think about while I'm at it... Heck, I'd prolly just do that in a second bucket anyhow and keep the HB for myself!

Truthfully, I am paranoid about infection as well. So for the most part, I don't ever open the bucket - I just wait at least 2 or 3 weeks then bottle (unless I rack to a secondary, and that is NOT my typical MO). So far every batch has been spot on.

Hope this one works out for ya-

Brett
1. 8 days/first look

2. photo effect/ 5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket

3. Yes, he was there....

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 04:01 AM   #7
BrettFitz
Recipes 
 
Apr 2012
Lake Worth, FL
Posts: 94
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Oddball View Post
3. Yes, he was there....
DOH!

Guess you'll have to force that moonshine on him straight up.

Hope your beer works out. I know that pressure, I just had a friend over last night when I brewed, trying to suck him into the process. Best of luck to ya both-

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 04:27 AM   #8
Oddball
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 209
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BrettFitz View Post
DOH!

Guess you'll have to force that moonshine on him straight up.

Hope your beer works out. I know that pressure, I just had a friend over last night when I brewed, trying to suck him into the process. Best of luck to ya both-
Thanks...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #9
CadillacAndy
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,086
Liked 112 Times on 93 Posts


Looks like yeast to me. What kind of yeast did you use? That looks exactly like my US-05 IPA after 10 days.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2012, 05:16 AM   #10
Oddball
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 209
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillacandy View Post
Looks like yeast to me. What kind of yeast did you use? That looks exactly like my US-05 IPA after 10 days.
WLP300 hef



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Opinions please. Jtd6628 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 08-05-2011 05:55 PM
Opinions please Certainteed Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 04-25-2010 03:37 PM
need some opinions Brew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-13-2010 02:29 PM
Opinions... JMU_Alumn08 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-26-2009 05:19 AM
Going to dry hop and need opinions cronxitawney Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-25-2008 10:47 PM


Forum Jump