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Old 10-20-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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I'm a new to forums, as well as, homebrewing which I throughly enjoy!! First batch (American EPA) turned out pretty good, with real hoppy aromatics. I hope it will begin to mellow out as it 'ages'.

My second batch (New Castle clone) has been in the secondary carboy fermenter for about 5 days, I have noticed that there are some small white spots floating atop of the beer, could this be mold?? The batch started out at a pretty high gravity 1.060 with a real vigorous first 3 days of fermentation - airlock popped of twice and I had to resort to a make-shift blow-off tube. Could it have become contaminated and now is molding??

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Old 10-20-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
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I'm a new to forums, as well as, homebrewing which I throughly enjoy!! First batch (American EPA) turned out pretty good, with real hoppy aromatics. I hope it will begin to mellow out as it 'ages'.

My second batch (New Castle clone) has been in the secondary carboy fermenter for about 5 days, I have noticed that there are some small white spots floating atop of the beer, could this be mold?? The batch started out at a pretty high gravity 1.060 with a real vigorous first 3 days of fermentation - airlock popped of twice and I had to resort to a make-shift blow-off tube. Could it have become contaminated and now is molding??

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It could be, but it might not be. Does it actually look like mold? Or does it look more like white blobs? White blobs are actually flocculated yeast- I call them "yeast clumpies" in my highly technical brewer's language.


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It is more than likely yeast colonies left over from when the krauzen dropped, or kicked up from the bottom by CO2...

Lot's of people come on here afraid their beer is moldy describing the exact same thing.

I'm pretty sure it's fine.
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Another vote for it just being yeast. I have teh same thing in my wit right now, and I've seen it many times before.

Don't worry unless it grows hair or develops a phonetic language.
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Don't worry unless it .....develops a phonetic language.
Hmmm, then we wouldn't need our hydrometers to listen to it.
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post a pic ...thyen we will know for sure. It is probably just yeast
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I'm a new to forums, as well as, homebrewing which I throughly enjoy!! First batch (American EPA) turned out pretty good, with real hoppy aromatics. I hope it will begin to mellow out as it 'ages'.

My second batch (New Castle clone) has been in the secondary carboy fermenter for about 5 days, I have noticed that there are some small white spots floating atop of the beer, could this be mold?? The batch started out at a pretty high gravity 1.060 with a real vigorous first 3 days of fermentation - airlock popped of twice and I had to resort to a make-shift blow-off tube. Could it have become contaminated and now is molding??

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I had some white spots on my 1st brew. 90 shilling clone. I wasn't sure what to do, so i talked to my lhbs and he told me to open it up very fast and smell the wort. if it smells skunky it could be mold.

My beer was fine, i bottled it and to be honest it teasted much better then 90 shilling.

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I just brewed my first batch last week and I have the same thing in my primary. After studying the pics of infections on HBT, I'm fairly certain that its just yeast. It seems pretty normal so don't worry too much about it!
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I had some white spots on my 1st brew.... i talked to my lhbs and he told me to open it up very fast and smell the wort. if it smells skunky it could be mold.
That's odd advice....If they are little white/yellowish balls they are hop seeds.
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That's odd advice....If they are little white/yellowish balls they are hop seeds.
the spots were white in color, I took a bunch of pixs, everyone i know who homebrews told me it was yeast. and it sure was.


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