Quantcast

Infected or yeast pockets?

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

Merch3014

New Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2019
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
46CBA2E3-E734-4C57-93D1-3AF335DC8E0A.jpeg
0AC232E0-5BAF-4523-8624-17DC1CE00310.jpeg
2AC4B2AD-B76E-443C-9E83-691C433B98B6.jpeg
Hello! Super new home brewer (only 3rd brew). I brewed an oatmeal stout back in around November. I moved it to the second fermentation in December. I’ve heard of most people keep stouts in longer, so I was just getting ready to bottle it and saw these bubbles on the surface. I tried looking up things and couldn’t tell if they were yeast pockets or if it was infected. When I moved the beer out of my closet, the bubbles popped and looked like yeast or something. The picture with no bubbles is what happened when I moved it and the bubbles popped.It’s kind of hard to see but I added them in the picture and figured I’d ask before dumping. Thanks in advance!
 

IslandLizard

Progressive Brewing
Staff member
Mod
Lifetime Supporter HBT Supporter
Joined
Jan 9, 2013
Messages
15,707
Reaction score
6,095
Location
Pasadena, MD
Definitely taste it first!

I don't like the looks of those bubbles, there's some abnormal surface tension, but I don't see any accompanying surface haze or pellicle as the usual giveaway of an infection.

That little yeast rafty in the 1st picture looks odd too. Can it be a floating piece of mold covered with some yeast remnants?

On a side note, that's a lot of headspace for a secondary. It's definitely not helping your beer, and could be cause of the problem.
 

RPh_Guy

Bringing Sour Back
HBT Supporter
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
9,173
Reaction score
7,506
Location
Cleveland
Definitely taste it first!

I don't like the looks of those bubbles, there's some abnormal surface tension, but I don't see any accompanying surface haze or pellicle as the usual giveaway of an infection.

That little yeast rafty in the 1st picture looks odd too. Can it be a floating piece of mold covered with some yeast remnants?

On a side note, that's a lot of headspace for a secondary. It's definitely not helping your beer, and could be cause of the problem.
+1 all of this.
I suspect something wild growing in there (some pellicles are clear).

Beer should generally be packaged within a few weeks of brewing.
 
OP
M

Merch3014

New Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2019
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Thanks everyone for the feedback! Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I can’t really find the answer. If it is infected, can it be harmful for you? Or in any situation could this be harmful?
 

ccous

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2014
Messages
164
Reaction score
92
Almost assuredly not harmful. Hopefully still tastes good; agree that it looks like wild infection
 

RM-MN

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Nov 26, 2010
Messages
14,165
Reaction score
4,866
Location
Solway
If it is infected, can it be harmful for you? Or in any situation could this be harmful?
Yes! Whether it has infection or not it can be harmful. It contains alcohol. Take in moderation. Overindulgence in alcohol can result in liver failure in the long term and in the short term can cause hangovers. The infection itself isn't harmful, nothing that can harm you can survive in beer.
 
Top