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My kit extract english ale has what looks like a cake floating on the top of it. I wasn't sure if this was a good or bad thing...but I smelled the beer and it smelled ok so I took a swig and it tastes ok. Is it possible it was contaminated with a wild yeast that was ok? Or are my taste buds just really bad?
 

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How long ago did you bottle it? How much priming sugar or DME did you use, or did you use carb tabs? And, is there a yeast cake/sediment on the bottom? Did you stir it up at all?

I think that's enough questions, sorry about that! There are a few different possibilities besides infection that we should consider first.
 
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I used the prepackaged amount of priming sugar that came with the kit. I think it was 5 oz. I tried very hard not to stir it up when bottled it. Although it doesn't smell or taste all that bad, it doesn't compare to the last bottle I had from the same batch (one of the best ales i have ever tasted). I have heard that when a bottle goes bad you can smell it. No there is no yeast cake on the bottom. There is just what looks like a ring similar in appearance to the mold ring you might find in the coffee pot if you let it sit on the counter a week or so. When I bottled it, it appeared to me that there was a speck of dust or hair or something floating in the top of the bottling bucket so I left about 2 bottles worth in the bottom to avoid the hair/fiber/speck of dust. Bottled about a week and a half ago. I usually crack one or two early because I just can't wait.
 
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