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  1. H

    Possible infection?

    Hi there i brewed a lager 2 days ago, chilled it overnight (didn’t have time to cool it immediately). I pitched yesterday around mid day and I’m not sure but I might have an infected fermentation, can somebody see if that might be the case? Never had an infection before so I’m pretty worried...
  2. khumbu76

    Sorry, it's another 'Is my beer contaminated thread!'

    Hi everybody. I just ran into a pretty unique situation while kegging some hard cider today and after digging through the forum and some google searches, couldn't quite find an answer to this one. I noticed 2 small floating mold-like objects floating at the top of my hard cider. Each were...
  3. M

    Need help identifying surface material

    Can anyone help me identify this material that has appeared on the surface of my wine? It seems very crystalline in structure and has slowly increased in presence over the past week or so. Background information: Wine is Pinot Gris made from grapes harvested at an experimental vineyard...
  4. Trey Ark

    Mouse Poo and Apples...

    Hey Everyone, I've been busy with multiple brews, college, and work. I left some of my favorite apples in the garage, meaning to use them the next day but life happened and they've sat out there. I've thrown out the rotting ones and found some mouse poop in one of my boxes. I have another box...
  5. DrGarbonzo

    Infection pics!

    Hey, just posting some cool/ nasty photos of a recent infection in a witbier I brewed about 6 weeks ago. While I really wanted to just put it in the basement for 6 months and see, I tasted it on two separate occasions and it was pretty awful, and then the large amount of top layer growth...
  6. D

    What to do with a contaminated beer?

    I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum. But we are still fairly new to brewing. We have done maybe half a dozen to a dozen bought worts with no problem until this one. We got super busy and went away on a trip and didn't move it from the primary to the secondary. I browsed briefly and got...
  7. BilbomelBaggins

    Cause for concern?

    47F1E784-B3BE-4037-AE14-5CA8EDBB01AC by BilbomelBaggins posted May 20, 2019 at 3:45 PM Is it just yeast? This was racked into this 1-gal carboy about a week ago. My first batch so wasn’t sure if this is normal. Full disclosure: as it is my first batch, I misunderstood the use of campden...
  8. lorne17

    Best way to add 4oz ground Hazelnut coffee to Brown Ale without contamination?

    Hello all, I have 5 gallons of a Brown that is in the primary and ready to switch to secondary. However, I plan to add some hazelnut coffee to it. The catch is, it is already ground and it is only 4oz of ground coffee. How do you recommend I add this to secondary without risking...
  9. I

    1 week into first Cyser, Panicked, is it salvageable?

    Hello! So exactly a week ago I started my first ever homebrew. I bought two gallon jugs of apple cider from Whole Foods, and left one as is, and the other poured 1.5 lbs of honey into. Then I added 1tsp of Yeast Nutrient (Urea and Diammonium Phosphate) and 1/2 tsp of pectic enzyme to each jug...
  10. Cameron Engelbrecht

    Storing Dry Yeast

    Hello! I am very new to home brewing. I recently bought dry yeast from northern brewer that is designed to be pitched in a five gallon batch. However, I am only brewing 1 gallon batches at the moment. Is there a way I can store the unused yeast after I open the package without contaminating it...
  11. meylo

    Ash in the Wort

    I was wrapping up the brew day, and cooling my wort with the chiller. Each time I use my brew kettle, along with my gas burner, the exterior of the kettle creates a layer of char/ash. It's never been a problem, I just rinse it off, some stays, no biggie. So I stood there letting my chilled wort...
  12. Iowa Brewer

    Tap Water Contamination(?)

    Bah! Just got my wort neatly cooled, was adding another round of water to the ice water, and the ruddy kettle hovered over (on some ice?) and went very briefly under the running tap. I'm using the tap water for the brew, so more concerned with adding contaminants. I have two questions: 1...
  13. S

    How to properly added pumpkin pie spice

    I’m brewing a pumpkin beer and plan on adding some pumpkin pie spice during secondary fermentation. I’ve never added a spice or anything other than sealed packages of hops directly to the carboys during fermentation. Is there anything I need to do to the actual spice to prevent contamination or...
  14. TahoePowderHound

    Possible Contamination Help!

    Hey guys, I'm new here, and loving this GF brew community. I found Igliashon's No Nonsense Stout recipe here and it's currently on the 7th day of primary. I just checked and noticed floating blobs in the beer, take a look at the pictures and please let me know if you know what this is. I...
  15. D

    Is this contamination?

    Hi, I see this floating on top of my wheat beer during primary. Any idea what's going on? Beer still taste fine. I've skimmed away the top and proceeded to secondary. Thanks, Dallan
  16. L

    Is this started contaminated?

    Hello everyone, For the first time I top cropped yeast, and decided to make a started before putting the yeast in the fridge. As I still don't have a stirplate, I was frequently swirling the erlenmeyer. Fermentation was quick and great, but when I woke up (meaning didn't swirl it for lile...
  17. B

    Yeast starter mishap

    I made a yest starter today for my NE IPA and I noticed (after I pitched my yeast) that some of the DME I used was stuck to the bottom of the Erlenmeyer flask. I boiled the water-DME mixture in the flask for 15 minutes and then chilled it like I normally do. Will the stuck dme at the bottom of...
  18. phroggy99

    Possible Contamination Issue? Maybe....

    So I am brewing a wheat extract belgian wit with Oak Chips. Everything is fermenting really well except for after a week, I decided I wanted to rack the batch to get the last of the oak chips out. When I did that, I noticed when cleaning out the carboy that with the spent yeast and oak chips, it...
  19. Oaky

    Large Silky Looking Bubbles in neck of Secondary - normal?

    So. This has happened to me twice now. I wonder if it a yeast thing or a possible contamination. I get some bubbles in the neck of the secondary. These look silky off white and don't look too different from fermentation bubbles - except that they stay there until undisturbed and are more...
  20. GweedoeBrew

    Equipment & Bacteria Brewing? Lacto!

    I am going to do my first Bacteria based beer here in the next month... A fruity Berliner Wiess... Maybe Cherries or peaches or something... I have been doing lots of reading... But one thing that isn't clear is how brewing effect my equipment and other beers.. If I put the Lacto into the...
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