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Old 11-15-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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I bottled cider about 10 days ago with Coopers' carbonation tablets and noticed some build-up on the neck and bottom of the bottles. I then turned the bottles upside down for 4 days and still had a sort of sludge... Is this is mold, yeast or simply the carbonation tabs dissolving slowly.

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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Here is a picture of it. It's not as white as it looks, that's just the flash.


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Old 11-15-2013, 06:39 AM   #3
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Just wanted to say I have no idea what that is...but I'm not gonna drink it
looks like some one sneezed in the bottle
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Here is a picture of it. It's not as white as it looks, that's just the flash.
I'm using Munton's CarTabs and I'm getting floaters that don't fall out in my test bottles. These are my first...I'm a newbie, so I'm interested in what other people respond here as well! I'm including a photo of mine.

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Old 11-15-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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I've done a lot of researching but haven't found a definitive answer for the problem. But I have read that shaking the bottles every now and again can help dissolve floaters.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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I use Coopers carb tabs in my bottles and i've personally never had issues. Though I used them for carbing beer as opposed to cider so not sure if this changes anything. As for the Muntons carb tabs, these are known for leaving floaties after carbing. I've used them once and was kind of turned off with how many floaties I had so I switched back to Coopers.
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Looks like yeast to me. I would not bother with those carb drops they are just a waste of money. Before I went to kegs I used dextrose or DME never had a problem.
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I agree looks like yeast would be interested to see if that was the first bottle or last. I would assume you are using a syphon method to get the cider in the beer. If this is the case try not to rack from the bottom. Leave it above the layer of sediment and you will reduce yeast during bottling.

I used mutons tabs for a test run paid just a few bucks and discovered not worth it. I couldnt tell the difference between 3, 4, 5, or 6 tablets and would leave floaties just like your bottle.

Why did you leave the bottles upside down?
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It looks like the yeast sludge that usually settles out to the bottom. Were you storing these upside down?
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"Is this is mold, yeast or simply the carbonation tabs dissolving slowly."

I have used Coopers drops and not seen floaters in my beers. But it does form a trub layer.

The nice picture of yours is the yeast that ate the Coopers drops, and burped out CO2, and when the yeast was finished eating, it settled down to the bottom of your bottle.

It depends on your brand/style of yeast how flocculating and dense a trub layer you get the bottom.
With Coopers drops I have seen a thicker layer of trub in mine, just pour it gently and it won't cloud your drink.


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