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Old 09-21-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Is my beer bad? I've searched the net and found differing viewpoints on mold floating in beer. But, this isn't just a little bit, this is large bubbles of mold across the entire top of the beer in the carboy. No way I can scoop it off when inside the carboy. Details: 65 degrees, primary ferment 1 week, secondary 2 weeks, mold grew rather quickly. I am usually very good at sanitizing, obviously not this time.
Anyone know if this is good or bad mold? I have a carboy right next to it that is fine.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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You have an infection.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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That doesn't look like mold to me, it looks more like a lacto/pedio infection. Someone who knows more about sour beers than I would probably be able to identify it better.
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Interesting. Probably right about the lacto/pedio infection, I searched the web using those terms and it sounds very close to what I have. First time I had anything like this. Is it worth tasting the beer? Or, do you think I should just toss it? Seems to be a toss up of opinions on the web, but this seems to be a pretty big infection.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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Yep. That's not mold, it's a pellicle from the bacteria. It won't hurt you. It probably won't be great, but it's worth a try. You may have wound up with a sour beer you like accidentally.

edit: check this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f127/pel...ection-174033/
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Out of curiosity, what's the style?
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It won't hurt you. It probably won't be great, but it's worth a try. You may have wound up with a sour beer you like accidentally.
Agreed!

If you like sour beers, give it a taste and see what you think.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:11 PM   #8
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I would so drink that still !!! seriously if you like sour beers or lambics, etc i would try it and see how funked out it is pedio and lactic act similiar to brewers yeast in regards to once all fermentable and unfermentable sugars are used it stops so expect a extremly low FG. Who knows you may have just made your best beer yet. Let us know.
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Another vote to let it be and see what you end up with.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:22 PM   #10
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From my experience here in HBT, Most would say that wild sour infections usually never turn out good. Besides that, sours take a really long time to get sour. Some people may also tell you to rack from under it, bottle/keg, and drink it quickly before it starts to taste really bad. On the other hand, I don't have any personal experience with these types of infections or Sour beers. I dont know if I'd toss it, or keep it, thats up to you.
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