Oil - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Oil

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-11-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
kingjam
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Posts: 139


I have seen this talked about before but can not seem to serch/find it. I was looking at my primary fermentor (Day 16) and it seems to have a oily look to the top layer of the beer/wort (whatever its called). Is this normal. I got my tap-a-draft in and was wondering if I should wait some more before racking to tap-a-draft. I am trying not to use a secondary this time, just to see if I can make good beer in primary.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
EvilTOJ
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,401
Liked 50 Times on 35 Posts


If you're talking about the krausen, yes it's normal. It can look like all kinds of things, like bubbles, mats, or pancake mix. If it's been 16 days take a hydrometer reading and see if it's done. It probably is.

Secondaries aren't necessary for making good beer. It's best use is if you need to clear your primary for another batch to get started (recommended) or it's something that needs to age a long time, say for a few months.
__________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
solidghost
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Posts: 332
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I too have this oily layer in several of my brews. But surprisingly not all of them. And I not not very sure what is causing them. Yes, it could be the krausen, but it looks oily even without the bubbles.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #4
Tonedef131
 
Tonedef131's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Fort Wayne
Posts: 1,891
Liked 31 Times on 16 Posts


I have seen this on beers when I am racking them into the primary before. I think I have only seen it twice and was concerned at first, but after the beer fermented fine and tasted great I sort of quite caring.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 05:13 PM   #5
ozzyatfrbrich
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
ozzyatfrbrich's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Richmond, VA
Posts: 32

I've seen it too and was wondering if if could be from the hops (been using whole or plugs).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 05:41 PM   #6
kingjam
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Posts: 139

The krausen fell to the bottom at about day 7. Have you ever put gas in a boat and spilled some in the water? It makes the water look all crazy. Looks like that but not to that extream.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump