I bottled 4 brews 2.5 weeks ago, hoping to drink them this weekend at the 3 week point. They're all around 5.5% ABV, and none of the them smelled funky or looked weird at bottling. Everything was cleaned/sanitized as usual. The fruit was added to their secondaries after hitting 160F and cooling, the cocoa powder and vanilla x were also added to their secondaries.
Last night I was labeling them and noticed the following things:
Vanilla Oatmeal Stout:
totally opaque, bottle of midnight
Chocolate O' Stout:
99% opaque, 1/2" settled schmutz at bottle bottom
random, miniscule black dots at various depths, some streamers of what appears to be thin, light yeast tendrils of snot, and 1/4" sediment
kool-aid clear, nipply pink w/the occasional snot streamer, 1/4" sediment
i'm divided on whether the streamers and dots will settle once refrigerated, or whether i'm in denial over the fruit being infected. i'm also worried that the stouts pass so little light, and i just can't see the ropy gossamer gremlin drool within. heisenberg's fearing a dead cat.
"Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it." -- the Woodman