Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Infection or something else?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default Infection or something else?

So a week ago I took a specific gravity reading on one batch while I was bottling one. Had no issues with sanitization that I know of, it hasn't been an issue this far. I went to check another reading today to see if this batch was ready to bottle and I came across this. Last week when I checked the gravity there were some small particles floating at the top that had a similar appearance to this but it was just a handful.

Is this an infection or just something that I stirred up that had settled down before and moving my bucket upstairs agitated it enough?

This batch is a 1 gal honey porter, and it has been in the fermenter for about 4 weeks. Wanted to bottle last week but was concerned about the gravity, didn't want to make any bombs. SG was 1.050 and last weeks reading was 1.012 which is a bit higher than what it should be since the SG was a bit lower with less boil off than expected so I have a pint or so more than a gallon.

I would think the fermentation would be done now, should I transfer to a secondary or just let it sit in the primary to settle? Or does this look like an infection?


Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2045023895.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	54.7 KB
ID:	133682  
Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
drainbamage
Keep HBT weird.
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
drainbamage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Alexandria, KY
Posts: 3,839
Liked 1453 Times on 815 Posts
Likes Given: 2434

Default

For the most part, the green stuff just looks like hop pellet sludge and krausen. If you hadn't strained or siphoned around the hops when you transferred from the brew kettle to the fermenter, the sludge went with it, and will get stirred up if the trub at the bottom of the fermenter gets disturbed.

Is that white fuzzy stuff around the edge, or is that just a reflection of the light?


drainbamage is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #3
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 35,126
Liked 3024 Times on 2606 Posts
Likes Given: 2139

Default

I was just thinking the same thing. Trying to make up my mind if it's from the flash,or something nasty getting started around the edges?...
__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I'm pretty sure that the white color around the edge is just from the flash, without the pic it doesn't have that color. All just the brownish/green color
Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Harder to see the details but this is the same pic sans flash
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2949702991.jpg
Views:	45
Size:	42.6 KB
ID:	133688  
Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 35,126
Liked 3024 Times on 2606 Posts
Likes Given: 2139

Default

In that case,it's just krausen & hop leftovers...looks like some yeast floaters too.
__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
drainbamage
Keep HBT weird.
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
drainbamage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Alexandria, KY
Posts: 3,839
Liked 1453 Times on 815 Posts
Likes Given: 2434

Default

You're probably fine then.
drainbamage is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:35 PM   #8
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I have a set of filters (600 um, 400 um, and 200 um) that I use when transferring from brewkettle to fermenter. That tends to get most of it out for that step, but since I have some extra in this batch what would you suggest when I bottle? If it's still floating on top should I just siphon from just below the surface and when it gets close to the top just leave that part out? Or is there a better way to get that part out to settle out and back on the bottom of the fermenter?
Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #9
drainbamage
Keep HBT weird.
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
drainbamage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Alexandria, KY
Posts: 3,839
Liked 1453 Times on 815 Posts
Likes Given: 2434

Default

Siphon around it, or tie a paint strainer bag around the end of your siphon. It'll filter out most of that gunk.
drainbamage is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #10
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Perfect, thanks for the advice y'all!


Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Infection help. 2nd batch. Same infection. What now? MedicMang Fermentation & Yeast 20 03-27-2014 06:28 PM
Yeast Infection Has An Infection?! PurpleJeepXJ Fermentation & Yeast 6 08-14-2011 05:13 PM
Possible infection? XtremeBrew Fermentation & Yeast 26 10-08-2010 09:36 PM
Infection OMJ General Beer Discussion 4 08-03-2009 12:59 AM
My First INFECTION BillTheSlink Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 06-26-2009 08:06 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS