So I put ten gallons of my oktoberfest hybrid in my crawlspace and when I checked on the two buckets a month later they looked and tasted fine.
Another two weeks later, and uh oh... I messed one of them up.
It had a dusty mold culture growing all over it.
I let it ride for another three weeks and checked again, it was thin in the mouth but had a possibly pleasant twang in the making.
Three weeks later to show another friend and the culture had kind of collapsed and another had taken over.
You can see on the edges the dusty culture and in the center you can see forming something different. Sort of a milky glass texture.
It stills smells funky but good (not vinegary) and the last taste was interesting if somewhat reminiscent of finger nail polish.
At any rate, here are the pics. If it looks familiar, please let me know.
This is the top shot. You can see the new stuff in the center and the old stuff breaking down on the sides.
This is the old stuff on the side. It had a dry dusty finish to it.
Finally, here is the new stuff. It looks sadly kind of like pictures of Acetobacter that I've seen online, but also not totally unlike some pictures of Brett. Maybe even Lacto?
The other question that depends on the first is... what to do with it? If it's Aceto, I need to find some sort of popcorn sutton use for it. But if it's Brett, I'm happy to wait a few months and dump raspberries into it.