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Old 08-14-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Uhhh this isnt an infection, right?

So I am about to bottle this batch of blonde ale when I noticed some stuff floating on top. Please tell me this isn't infected? The picture is a little blurry because I took it through the carboy.


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Old 08-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Taste it. If it's fine, you're good. It won't hurt you either way.


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Old 08-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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just looks like co2 bubbles to me. i get very fine bubbles in my secondary all the time. they are really fine bubbles but if you look really close you can see the individual bubbles. I would bet you are OK
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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I often get a "skin" on the top of my beers, sometimes with bubble-like things in it...I thought they look kinda like the beginnings of a pellicle, but have only had one beer with any souring/off flavors of note. As mentioned, taste it!
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it's fine, don't worry.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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I often get a "skin" on the top of my beers, sometimes with bubble-like things in it...I thought they look kinda like the beginnings of a pellicle, but have only had one beer with any souring/off flavors of note. As mentioned, taste it!
Check your sanitation. You should never have a "skin" on the beer, unless you've introduced brett or other wild yeast somewhere along the way.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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So I am about to bottle this batch of blonde ale when I noticed some stuff floating on top. Please tell me this isn't infected?
It's not infected. It's CO2 bubbles. You will almost always always get that in secondary.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I'll taste it to make sure.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:16 PM   #9
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Check your sanitation. You should never have a "skin" on the beer, unless you've introduced brett or other wild yeast somewhere along the way.
It's weird, cause I don't like the looks of it either, but almost all of my beers have had it, especially after they've sat a while, ie. secondary. Never had any off flavors or souring (other than one batch about 6 months ago) though. I soak my fermenters in star-san at least 5-10 minutes before racking, including lids, airlock, etc.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:39 PM   #10
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Doing some reading of past "Help, there's film/skin on my beer!" threads...it seems it may be a mild infection or wild yeast presence...but everyone pretty much says it doesn't affect anything unless you leave it for a long time to get worse.

As I've said, I've not had any off flavors with beers displaying this skin.


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