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ryan
08/18/07 06:47 AM  
unwanted funk?
I just got back from 5 weeks out of the country and returned to find that 5 gallons of a Rochefort clone that I brewed a few weeks before leaving (and which was in a secondary glass carboy) had some wierd looking floaters on top. They looked like little pieces of dry yeast or something. Nothing moldy but it wasn't a clean surface.

The carboy was sitting in my dark (and a bit damp) cellar for the last 6 or 7 weeks but was soppered and airlocked./

Should the ambient humidity have any effect on things? Is this kind of surface stuff okay? I am tempted to just open it an smell it, but if there is something I can do to corrrect a problem here I don't want to do anything stupid yet.

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ryan

Cisco
08/18/07 11:15 AM  
Re: unwanted funk?
It s most likely just yeast chunks that have not settled. Smell it and if it is OK ten transfer it to a keg and cold condition it for several weeks to crash out all the suspended yeast. Then transfer it to a another keg or bottle it.
Ryan
08/18/07 11:42 AM  
Re: unwanted funk?
Hey thanks cisco

I'll do that. I gave the carboy a tiny jiggle and they mostly disappeared instantly but were back this morning.

Baums
08/20/07 11:54 AM  
Re: unwanted funk?
Bubbles of CO2 form down in the yeast cake at the bottom of the carboy, and then they float up to the surface with a blob of yeast attached to them. Each blobs stays at the surface for a while (minutes to hours) and then falls back down. This might be what you're seeing--if you watch your carboy for a little while you might actually see it happen.
 
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