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Old 01-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Uh oh. Is this infected?

I moved my Mocha Stout from the primary into a secondary with cocoa nibs and cold brewed espresso.

The primary hadn't shown signs of activity for several days beforehand, but the SG reading I took showed it was only at 1.022 (1.044 OG).

After the transfer the yeast seemed to wake up a bit (fresh oxygen, maybe?) and the airlock would bubble every few minutes. Slow, but signs of progress.

I pulled the cover off the carboy today to find these white chunks floating around. Could it be bleached cocoa (can that happen) or dead yeast? Or is it some sort of infection?

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:15 PM   #3
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Kinda what I was thinking (hoping), but I'm just on edge as this is my first brew in a secondary, first time using that carboy, first time using the auto-siphon, and first time brewing with coffee and cocoa... basically lots of firsts.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
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Not infected. Its likely the yeast and cocoa after its been leached of its color.
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I've never had an infection but the pics I've seen of them didn't look like that. To me that looks like it will taste delicious! Have you sampled it?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:14 AM   #6
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I sampled before it went into the secondary and it had promise. I haven't touched it since. I wanted to give the yeast the opportunity to finish it's job and then take another hydrometer reading (and taste!).
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And, thanks everyone. I feel much better now
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