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Old 09-12-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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Maybe I let it sit in primary to long (2 weeks). The yeast fermented,settled, and now climbing the walls of the carboy. Or maybe just haven't been in the game that long.


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Old 09-12-2012, 04:19 AM   #2
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That's interesting. I would guess you got a second burst of fermentation and it stuck to the sides. Either that, or it was left on it's side for a while. Do you know what the gravity is?


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Old 09-12-2012, 04:20 AM   #3
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2 weeks is definitely not too long, that is the recommended time for a primary fermentation. Having said this I have never seen this behavior from yeast before (I use opaque buckets). I would say Relax, don't worry and have a homebrew!
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:21 AM   #4
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Hi SS.
I think what's going on here is the yeast cells are being electrostatically attracted to the sides of your fermenter.

I have seen this before with a 'less than optimal' fermentation when the yeast lacked nutrients either from underpitching, or pitching lots of unhealthy yeast.

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Old 09-12-2012, 04:28 AM   #5
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2 weeks is fine, maybe even short for primary if not using a secondary. I have often seen sediment on the sides of my Better Bottle especially at the ribs that are molded in to them to make it more rigid. But I have never seen it so thick. I would suggest taking gravity readings to make sure it is finished then taste the sample. I would bet it is fine.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:33 AM   #6
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Yeah, I highly doubt the yeast "climbed the walls," it is just a function of settling and flocculation. The surface of the sides of the carboy are "relatively" rough (microscopically) and offer the yeast a place to "land". I see it all the time in my carboys, not always to the extent in your pictures, however, its nothing strange.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:33 AM   #7
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Cool thanks guys. I didn't think anything was wrong I was just curious. I have another carboy of the same batch sitting just below it and it's not doing that so I thought it was weird. I'm gonna keg it tomorrow. And I just re-did the math in my head and it's been there for three weeks. No I have not checked the gravity yet.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:51 PM   #8
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Seen it.

You'll be fine. Unless, of course, if the yeast start climbing out of the fermenter and form a tiny yeast army.
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I can just see the future.....using electro magnets to help flocculate the yeast. Might be worth some experimenting with some stubborn yeasts.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:38 AM   #10
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Seen it.

You'll be fine. Unless, of course, if the yeast start climbing out of the fermenter and form a tiny yeast army.
Oh great, now I have to have that dream again...


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