I'm with BierMuncher. The film of bubbles on the beer surface probably is the result of your yeast finishing up its job. Often, fermentation doesn't quite finish in the primary, and racking rouses the yeast to finish up. I don't know what the ka-ka is on the side, though.
Thanks guy, I sanitized my cane and carboy and went ahead and racked it again. It tasted fine and had cleared quite a bit since the weekend. The gravity went done acouple points so it doesn't look like its a loss! Thank the yeast gods, since this is my first batch.
DAMN its BACK! Was fine since monday till this morning, I even checked it last night before I went home.
The recipe says I should clear for two weeks, which would give it all the time it needs to clear and get to FG. I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and bottle. I can't REALLY tell if its mold though. Still,
very thin layer of film, white spots on surface and carboy wall. Its not REALLY that white in real life:
And the airlock has gone down, it was up from the moment I shoved it in there till this morning.
The white film on top of the beer is fairly normal, I do'nt know what the hell the deal was in that first pic that you posted. The only way to find out if it's any good or not is to bottle it, wait then taste it.
I'm inclined to say that if whatever it is grew back after you racked to secondary, it's not good for you or your beer. You'd have had to try real hard to get that much traub from your primary into secondary and had a good bit of unfermented sugars hanging around for that to be a new krausen!
let is sit and rack again to a third clearing tank in a week or two, paying extra attention not to transfer more slurry....then see if it comes back in that. If it does, it's an infection for sure!
I see all sorts of funky stuff go in the ferments *shrug*. I have to side with the idea of just waiting and seeing once you final rack and then condition. Question: How long from primary ferment before you racked to secondary?
Also the crystal looking stuff was really odd imo, but then again I have seen some bizzare looking things in the fermentor.
Give it a bit of time. I've had beer that has gone 'bad', with what looked like mold colonies (turned out it wasn't), but I was suspect the whole time. The batches turned out fine. Besides, if it is mold and you like sour beers, all the better.