Bulk aging , having taking a fg yetCan you post a pic? Do you know what the gravity or ABV is currently? Not that it should matter, but did you pitch new yeast in secondary, or are you just bulk aging it in there?
You cannot leave an infection behind. You just got lucky that your infection was actually beneficial, or at elast not harmfl. Once it is showing itself on the surface, it is all over the liquid as well. No chance to "be Careful" to leave it behind.I made a barley wine years ago which took about 2 years from start to finish. Several transfers from one demijohns into another 6 months apart. I had the same problem with an infection, white growth on top connected with what looked like cobwebs.
I continued with the process & was very careful when transferring to only take the good liquid (leaving the sediment & the top furry layer behind).
Anyway, when I finally came round to drinking it it was fantastic. So glad I stuck it out to the bitter end. (excuse the pun)
An infectin does not have to be bad. I think the old school barley wines were all infected with brett and your spider webs sound a bit like brett to me, which can actually be beneficial to the flavour. Not all infections are bad, some are happy little accidentsStill infected or not, no vinegar smells ( I would have dumped it if there were). I did my best & it turned out beautiful in the end - and i'm still alive to talk about it.
It was years ago & it was my first attempt at all grain so didn't know what to expect. It was also in the days before the interweb making it much more difficult to do any quick research.An infectin does not have to be bad. I think the old school barley wines were all infected with brett and your spider webs sound a bit like brett to me, which can actually be beneficial to the flavour. Not all infections are bad, some are happy little accidents
Also, not all infections produce vinegar. Vinegar producing bacterias need oxygen. Lactic acid producing bacterias don´t need that, but they really hate hops. Brett can stand hops and does not need much oxygen.