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Old 10-26-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is foam or an infection... Any ideas? It's been fermenting it since 9-29-07 and took two samples with a Fermtech AutoSiphon which was sprayed with Clorox Cleanup and then washed before use.



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Ps: The brown spots are whole cloves.... You can zoom on the picture with the zoom tool.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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I think its fine. Mine has white foam at the top too....every batch I have made so far. They have all turned out fine.

 
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:13 PM   #3
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I think its fine. Mine has white foam at the top too....every batch I have made so far. They have all turned out fine.
Thanks! I thought it was okay but I can get a bit paranoid.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:58 AM   #4
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I had a batch of raspberry mead go south not long ago due to an unsanitary secondary fermenter. The surface looked just like a culture in a petrie dish from highschool. When I opened it up it had a vinegar aroma - heartbreaking.

Anyway, that foam DOES NOT look like a petrie dish culture, it just looks like foam to me. I would have been happy to see that foam instead of what I had. Everything looks well in the garden.

 
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:29 PM   #5
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that's normal. that's as close to a 'krausen' as mead gets.

is that cinnamon sticks floating in there?
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:51 AM   #6
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that's normal. that's as close to a 'krausen' as mead gets.

is that cinnamon sticks floating in there?
I took the cinnamon sticks out after 2 days. The stuff floating in there are clovers I wasn't able to pull out.


Do you know how long should I leave mead in the primary?
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:56 PM   #7
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give it a month, then take a gravity reading. mead starts off fermenting nicely, but will slow down as nutrients are used up and the alcohol starts stunting things.

little additions of yeast nutrient can be helpful along the way.

usually after a month its done with primary. i'd secondary for a while to get yeast to fall out, then bottle or even consider a tertiary.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:25 AM   #8
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Well now I definitely have an infection... I racked it to a 5 gallon container and backpressure apparently pulled in mold along with the vodka I had in the airlock.

Any ideas what I should do now...



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Old 02-07-2008, 02:28 AM   #9
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rack to another carboy and leave some behind... see if it goes away.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:35 AM   #10
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How does it taste? Did you give it a swill?

 
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