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Old 08-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
Transamguy77
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So I'm a pretty laid back brewer and I let most things ride but I bottled my oatmeal stout last week and I typically like to taste one after a week so I put one in the fridge, when I did that I noticed a white film on the surface, after looking at the rest of the them all 2 cases have the same film.

This is my first oatmeal stout so I'm not sure if this is normal but I'm thinking not. No matter what I'm gonna let it ride but was just looking for some reassurance is all

The recipe is as follows:
8lb Marris otter
1lb flakes oats
1/2lb crystal 75
12oz chocolate malt
1/2lb roasted barley
Wyeast 1275
Primaried 4 weeks at 70

I know 1 week in the bottle is not long enough for the proper taste but again not sure on the white film. Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Had that on a heavy ale once. Gave them all a quick shake and it settled out after a few days. I figure it was just from the fermenting priming sugar.

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Old 08-29-2012, 02:12 AM   #4
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Quote:
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I don't know how to from my phone, I don't know that I could really capture it through the glass.

Bosco, that makes me feel better ill try that tomorrow thanks.

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #5
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If it's white, I'm guessing it's a candida strain. Harmless, and often occurs in such small quantities that it doesn't affect the flavour. I've had a beer get candida a few times, and I didn't shake or anything, just sucked up the surface layer with a syringe before pouring the beer.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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So I tried one and it tastes fine, no off tastes or odors. I guess since it was the first beer that I made that was out of the norm I just panicked a bit. Thanks for the info guys

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
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I had the same thing happen to me on an amber ale I made. I called my local micro-brewery and they said it's a form of contamination from a wild yeast that I some how picked up. He gave it a scientific name but I can't remember it, he went on to say that type of yeast likes to protect itself from the elements by creating a white barrier. He said it wouldn't make me sick because the fermentation process has killed everything that would make me sick. It would however change the flavor and aroma of your beer over time. It did change mine, because the last beer tasted and smelled totally different compared to the first. Not necessarily bad... Just different.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:12 PM   #8
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It also show's you getting better at brewing. Because you're trying new things and everybody learns something new from a mistake.

 
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:48 AM   #9
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And it also shows that you never throw out a beer unless it tastes like rotten meat or something.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help guys, I was just gonna let it ride anyway but to know its not ruined makes me feel better.

 
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