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Old 10-17-2012, 04:02 AM   #761
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here is my controlled infections

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:22 PM   #762
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Default To drink it or not to drink it...that is the question!

My last 2 batches had something weird. The first one was a DragonMead (found the recipe somewhere in HBT) and after transfering to secondary, it started to have a white thin film floating on top. It was breakable, and reminded me of the salt thing that floats on pickled olives or dills.
I bottled it anyway about 3-4 weeks ago, and I see that same film floating on top of the bottles.
Should I drink it or not? If I do drink it, should I "filter" out the things that float first?

Same with my other beer that started to have things that float on top. The floaters don't cover the complete surface in my bucket, and I am only looking through the semi-transparent lid of the bucket because I am not ready to do anything yet with it (either keg it, bottle it, or just pour it in the drain). What do you guys suggest? Should I syphon the bottom part to bottle/keg it, leaving the top there and pour it out the drain? Or, probably extremen, but is there danger I get poisoned if I drink it?

Thanks for the help/suggestions!


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Old 10-18-2012, 12:35 PM   #763
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Made a Hefenwiezen and Amber Ale both had this still bottled them hopefully they'll be ok. Gave everything plastic a bleach bath last night.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #764
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Does the white stuff crumbles when you try to scoop it? If yes, this is exactly what I had in my dragonmead batch...
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:21 PM   #765
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from reading here it cant hurt you.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #766
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Mine is like a film on top. Both of them tasted like they should. It didn't show up until secondary its something I must of used then or not cleaned enough.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:45 PM   #767
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Mine is like a film on top. Both of them tasted like they should. It didn't show up until secondary its something I must of used then or not cleaned enough.
That appears to be a lactobacillus infection. It will sour the beer over time, slower if it's colder. I had it sorta like that on a porter I have kegged now. I haven't had any issues with drinkability, infact it's a great beer that I want to duplicate, minus the white filmy random bubbles in there.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #768
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I had a bit of a worry last night.
Transferred an ipa to a secondary, and when I checked the gravity, it had dropped to 1.005!!
I immediately became worried about infection.
However, nothing growing on top of the fermenter after 12 days. I tasted my gravity sample and it didn't taste sour.
But I didn't really know dry pitched S-05 could get 80% att, even during perfect conditions.
Asked a brewmaster friend, and he said the fact that I added sugar to the recipe could have driven it down that far.
I guess we'll just wait and see.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #769
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That appears to be a lactobacillus infection. It will sour the beer over time, slower if it's colder. I had it sorta like that on a porter I have kegged now. I haven't had any issues with drinkability, infact it's a great beer that I want to duplicate, minus the white filmy random bubbles in there.

Well that sucks I bottle so I'll have to wait atleast a week for some carbonation we'll see I guess.

How bad is it to get lactobacillus? Is is it tough to get rid of? I put all my plastic stuff in a hot bleach bath and let it soak is that good enough?
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #770
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I'm not positive but- this may have picked up a bug.


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