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Old 11-10-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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I normally put campden in everything, but I read from many places that its a waste with mead because nothing nasty can grow in honey, so I didn't put campden in this batch.

I pitched the yeast about a week ago, and I can see white slimy stuff on the bubbles on the surface of the must. Should I be concerned?

Sorry the pics are bad, its tough to get a good shot.





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Old 11-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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Doesn't look bad to me, I've had odd looking bubbles from time to time without problem.


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Old 11-10-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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Doesn't look concerning to me, I get bubbles like that all the time.
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I've got something similar going on. Brewed 10 gallons of plain traditional mead, racked 2.5 gallons each on to pineapples, strawberries, and mamey sapote a few weeks ago. I just noticed today a white film over the top of the pineapple and strawberry. But, interestingly, not on the sapote. ABV is about 13%.

The other 2.5 gallons of plain mead is already gone and was quite tasty. I'm brewing more for blending these melomels down a bit (the fruit flavors are a bit intense).

I sampled the strawberry today and it did not have any off tastes or smell.

So, I think just let it ride -- other opinions?
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Yeah, mine isnt near that bad, but it is a little worse than the original pics. I intend to rack it as soon as the initial fermentation ends so I can add fruit to it. I'll just try to keep the siphon under the slimy junk just in case.
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Yeah, I think the pic makes it look a little worse that it is (flash really lights up the white). Its long done with active fermentation, I just set it aside for future blending.

Sample today tasted fine, but I may rack it out from under the funk just to make myself feel better anyway.
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I've got something similar going on. Brewed 10 gallons of plain traditional mead, racked 2.5 gallons each on to pineapples, strawberries, and mamey sapote a few weeks ago. I just noticed today a white film over the top of the pineapple and strawberry. But, interestingly, not on the sapote. ABV is about 13%.

The other 2.5 gallons of plain mead is already gone and was quite tasty. I'm brewing more for blending these melomels down a bit (the fruit flavors are a bit intense).

I sampled the strawberry today and it did not have any off tastes or smell.

So, I think just let it ride -- other opinions?
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Good god, you need to get that into smaller carboys like, weeks ago.
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Quite a lot as you can see. I used most of it for creating a blended batch (plain + strawberry) and only had a relatively small amount left. Given the apparent infection, I plan to rack out from under into into 1 liter bottles later today.
Rather thank rack to bottles, I decided to try another approach which might be useful to others. The issue I think was that I had used most of the contents and left a small amount for use in the near future. I assumed that because it had finished fermenting, and thus had a relatively high alcohol content (about 15%) that it would be all good. However, what I think happened is that when racking off most of the must air, and maybe some airborne beasties, was introduced into the carboy. This set-up an environment where beasties could grow on the surface.

So, rather than racking, I purged the carboy with CO2. A few days later and the white film is almost completely gone. Taste is still OK.


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