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Old 02-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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I'm fermenting a small batch of Irish Red, and after the first couple of days, there is a pretty substantial amount of scum at the top of the jug. Question: do I reintroduce the stuff back into the wort by tilting the jug, or just leave it alone?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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Just heave it alone. It is the remains from the growth of the krausen layer. The "foamy" stuff will settle out and you will just have to soak/scrub the jug after you remove the beer but do not add it back to the finished product. Here is a picture of your batches big brother. My krausen has already started to drop but you can't tell due to the crusties on the carboy.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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As long as the scum doesn't make it's way up the air lock, you have nothing to worry about. If it gets the the airlock, it can plug it in a hurry and cause all sorts of fun (blow outs anyone?).

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