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Old 08-09-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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I brewed up an Oktoberfest on 7/22 and kept it at 40F and since then have been stepping up my yeast to pitch into it
Now I have the yeast stepped up properly and when I go to pitch it I see this white mass floating in the wort. What is this? I thought it was ice but its not melting. Is it contaminated with something now?
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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You've waited three weeks to pitch the yeast? Even at 40F, I wouldn't keep wort around that long without fermenting.

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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You waited 2 and a half weeks to pitch??!!?

Next time, brew when yu are ready to pitch. Otherwise, you are tempting fate.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #4
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Yeah so what is that? Is the whole thing ruined?

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #5
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Not sure what it is. It could be nothing, but then again... who knows? Not likely ruined yet. Give it a taste, make sure it has not started to turn to vinegar or something equally offensive, then re-boil it for about 15 minutes just to be sure there's nothing living in there, cool, and pitch.

Edit: On second thought, don't taste it until after you've re-boiled it. Since it hasn't fermented yet, it may not be safe to consume.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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I dont have the capacity to boil the 5 gallons

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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You can split up the re-boil if necessary. Don't have to do it all at once.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:39 AM   #8
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Hmmmm, that sucks. Should have pitched yeast as soon as you cooled the wort to pitching temp. Usually within 1/2 hour after the boil, the same day!
Feed it to the HummingBirds:-(
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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Did you use a stopper and air lock to seal the carboy? I agree with everyone else, DO NOT attempt to drink that.

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
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Split it up as mentioned and re-boil it. The point of pitching yeast as soon as it's cool is the yeast begins fermenting before anything else can take up residence in it. Sweet wort is an attractive environment to a lot of nasty stuff.

 
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