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So my beer had these visuals when I went to keg tonight. When transferring to secondary I added pumpkin spice without sanitizing it, like an idiot.

Usually I add it to the boil at flame out and don't have problems for obvious reasons.

Anyways I went ahead and kegged it because I didn't smell anything out of the ordinary. Thoughts on what this might be?

Everything I've ever read says it won't hurt to drink it so we'll find out tomorrow evening.
 

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Maybe it is just coagulated pumpkin spice? I only know what an infection looks like from when I had a leaky tap and the whole keg ran into the garbage can being used as an ice bucket. I then let it sit for a few days until I had a chance to clean it out. That was a big mistake, the smell could kill you.
 

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I don't think you have an infection. Unless there is sugar in the spice mix you used, there isn't a lot there for bacteria too live on, and bacteria pretty much never work that quickly. Looks like it might be krausen debris to me or pumpkin/krausen debris perhaps? When did the pumpkin go in?

If it smelled and tasted fine, I think you're just fine. Spices historically are used to preserve food, so it's not likely they introduced anything that's going to ruin your beer.
 

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I'm not seeing "infection" in those pictures.

Take a shot of the surface next time. It's a lot more telling than close-ups of congealed trub 'n' yeast...

Cheers!
 
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The second picture is from the surface. I agree that it's probably fine. Smelled great, I try to avoid tasting till its carbonated.
 

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^ he was letting you know for future reference, a broader view is more helpful then a close up of the sludge on the surface. Both are more helpful then one or the other....
 

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