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Old 10-05-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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I have got some kind of fungus growing in my wort. I boiled it up Wednesday and I have had no fermentation at all. Guess my starter was a dud. Anyways this fungus is white and kind of snakes around in the wort. Other than that the wort is clean. Now I had bought another yeast pack but I am wondering if I should even bother with this batch? Another possibility is to reboil the wort for a half hour to kill what ever nasties are in there. I find that idea a little more appealing. What do you all think?
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:46 PM   #2
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Well, yeast is fungus, but it sounds as though it might be infected. Give it a couple of days and see what happens, it could just be that it's the krausen forming. Don't boil the wort again, you could end up ruining a perfectly good batch. Give it a week or so, then smell/taste the beer, if it tastes good then let it age and bottle it, but if it tastes bad you might have to dump it.
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Old 10-06-2007, 12:04 AM   #3
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Picture is worth a thousand words.

This is 72 hrs since pitching
Also OG has not moved an iota

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Old 10-06-2007, 12:56 AM   #4
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Dude, that is not good, I would say dump.

Sorry for the loss, but another reason to brew again, as if you needed one.

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Old 10-06-2007, 01:00 AM   #5
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I see....
Yeah it doesn't look good, I'm sorry. You should probably dump it.
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:02 AM   #6
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I figured that would be the consensus after hitting the smack pack. I've got an irish stout kit I can brew up So Its not a total loss. But I really wanted an ESB. Maybe next month.
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:42 AM   #7
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That doesn't look good at all. Not at all. I hear about some people skimming and trying again. I've also heard about folks pasteurizing the wort, so you could try that by bringing it up to something like 165F for a few minutes.

If it's only been two days since you pitched, you should not see mold like that in your fermenter. You ought to review your sanitation.


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Old 10-06-2007, 02:55 AM   #8
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Dude, try saving it. Siphon off the good stuff, re-pitch some yeast and give it a shot. If you toss it now, you are out probably 30 bucks worth of ingredients, when you could save it for the price of a $6 smack pack.
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Yeah, its been tossed. The stuff was runnin through out the beer, it wasnt just on the top.. I was actually more thorough this time with sanitation than my first batch. I'll just chalk it up to a fluke. The only thing that I really did different was I left the AC on this time while I was chilling and racking the wort. My ducts are OLD so I wouldnt be surprised if that was the source.

I only have room to ferment one batch at a time do I didnt want to waste 3 weeks of potential brew time for a maybe. Espescially when I have never heard people recomend to pitch it on this site. It's all good, I am happy with my 50% success rate

So I have a Stout brewing up right now.
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I'll lift one to a brew lost. Sorry man.
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