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Old 11-12-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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I have a Belgian IPA in the fermenter right now, ready to be bottled now. It was brewed on 10-25, dry hopped on 11-5. Eeverything looked ok then. Opened it up today and have this... It has a funky smell to it too. What can I do?? Skim it off? Leave it? Dump it all?
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:17 AM   #2
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That looks like white film mold. You may not have sanitized good enough. That typically doesn't cause a flavor defect so you can go ahead and bottle (syphon from beneath it into the bottling bucket). It will show up again in the bottles but again, it shouldn't change the taste much if at all.

 
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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That looks like white film mold. You may not have sanitized good enough. That typically doesn't cause a flavor defect so you can go ahead and bottle (syphon from beneath it into the bottling bucket). It will show up again in the bottles but again, it shouldn't change the taste much if at all.
I agree that it is an infection of some kind. I don't have enough experience with all the different types to know if it is mold or not, but this looks similar to some of the pellicles I have seen on the beers I've made when intentionally adding the dregs of sour beers. If it is a lactobacillus, pediococcus, or Brettanomyces infection, there will definitely be a flavor effect. Not necessarily ruined if you like that sort of thing, but definitely might turn out funky and/or sour.
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