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Old 07-26-2012, 04:58 AM   #1
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Hello - I'm looking for some help on my 2nd batch of beer. There is some floating stuff (that I'm hoping isnt' mold on top) Here's what I did and a couple of photos are below. I used a Mr. Beer American Devil IPA cans of HME and made it per instructions. After a day in the fermentor, I noticed a leak coming from the spigot - so I racked it to a 6 gal fermentor with airlock. After another day, there was no activity in the airlock and figured that the yeast was bad per many other posts that I had read. So I added, some fresh Safale S-04 Dry Ale Yeast. Which kept my airlock going for over 2 weeks. Life got busy and the wort stayed in the fermentor for ~5weeks. When I took the lid off the bucket here's what I saw. Click image for larger version

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Fyi, no gravity readings were taken, when the lid was removed there was a heavy alcohal smell, however, I did taste it and other than being pretty "hoppy" it didn't taste "bad" - again this is only my second batch. Any thoughts on appearence?



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Old 07-26-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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Just looks like yeast to me


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Old 07-26-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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These are the most common threads by far (at least by new brewers, which I am). Chill out everyone you're all good.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:04 AM   #4
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Just looks like yeast to me
I agree just looks like yeast and when you first taste it you will know if it is affected or not
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:39 AM   #5
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I agree just looks like yeast and when you first taste it you will know if it is affected or not
Any thoughts on leaving in the primary for ~5weeks?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:13 AM   #6
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I'm not trying to be the party crasher and I understand a lot of new brewers think everything is an infection, but those white spots really do look a little bit "mold-ish" to me, although it is hard to tell for sure in the pictures. Are they fuzzy like mold?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:14 AM   #7
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Any thoughts on leaving in the primary for ~5weeks?
Shouldn't be a problem at all!
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:20 AM   #8
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Looks like a beautiful krausen sludge! Congrats!
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:27 AM   #9
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edit: nevermind, post was changed
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:12 PM   #10
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No it didn't appear to be fuzzy. But had a scaley film appearence. I guess I'll find out in a week or so when I pop the first bottle from this batch.


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