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Dark_Ale

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I have an infection in my dry stout. I have three small patches half the size of a dime on the top. It has been in secondary for 3days. I was thinking about going ahead and getting ready to bottle it. Should I siphon it out and leave about 2inches of beer behind. The infection seems to be floating on top the rest of the beer looks ok. Thanks for the help
 

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Remember yeast is a fungus and ale yeasts are top fermenters. Most likely it is just yeast clumps and you should be fine to bottle.
 

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Or it's just bubbles. There are several threads on this forum, where people have thought their stouts were infected, but weren't. It was bubbles, which are easier to notice on a darker brew.

Is this your first stout?
 
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Its mold, I have seen the small bubbles I just wonder if its on top or all the way through, this has happend to me once before and I was able to save the brew by leaving about an inch or so behind in the secondary. I dont think its too early to bottle I just dont want to loose the brew
 
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You would think by know I would'nt sweat my brews anymore. Upon closer examination(Flashlight magnify glass) It appears to be very very very very very very very tiny bubbles in several differant patches on top. I have seen this before but not a stout, The rich blackness of the stout makes the bubbles look like patches of crisco on top. Thanks for everyones time I will keep an eye on it but I think its just bubbles, ok who all wants a free beer:D
 

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I saw this same thing in my stout about a month ago (in secondary). Its been in bottles close to a month and is by far my best brew yet. And yes, I'm one of the ones that LL is referring to. I had the same fear and it turned out to be nothing but yeast finishing up.
 

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I have a stout in the secondary right now as well. If I wouldnt have experienced the bubbles on our Oktoberfest, I probably would have taken the bubbles on the stout for mold.
 

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Great thread ! saved me from asking this question later on down the road. Thanks all !
 

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everybody goes through this at some point, some more than once.

I have this 'issue' every time I take a hiatus from brewing for a while (sometimes it happens for looong stretches of time), I freak out on my first batch back in the game. :eek:

-walker
 

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brewdude said:
Great thread ! saved me from asking this question later on down the road. Thanks all !

Welcome to the forum! I agree, this board is tops. Back when I did my stout a few months ago, I just happened to see a thread similar to this one. Them tiny bubbles grouped together can look freaky.

Here is what some big-time infections look like:


http://www.bodensatz.com/gallery/FermentationFotos
 
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I removed the secondary off the cold tile floor on to the carpet it must of warmed it up a bit because the patches of bubbles are much larger.....I guess the yeast just wanted to take a break....mmmmmm 1 more week till bottling time......
 
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