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Title: Did something go wrong?
Post by: lewisb13 on March 30, 2013, 10:38:37 PM
Look at the amount of trub. I know it doesn't look like much but its been fermenting for a week untouched and the bottom 4 inches of the carboy is this weird color. I've never had that much sediment at the bottom before. Its a blue moon clone partial with rice hulls and oats. I had them in a grain bag and the grain bag had no holes and was brand new. I put a tsp of coriander and 2 tbsp of sweet orange peel but I don't think either one of those ingredients has anything to do with this. 

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Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: ynotbrusum on March 30, 2013, 11:50:26 PM
That is pretty normal, but is it a 5 gallon batch?  It looks like a fair amount of hop material in there.  Even so, don't sweat it.  If it is done that quickly, I have to ask how did you determine the amount of yeast to pitch?  Because it appears to be fermented out - so either you pitched a lot of yeast (which may have been perfectly correct based on OG), or you fermented on the high side, which allows it to finish quickly, but produces more fuels and other off flavors...test the FG 3 times over the next week and taste it.  It may be perfectly good and then you just have a big trub cake.
Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: hellbound on March 31, 2013, 12:47:17 AM
+1 looks fairly normal..

What yeast did you use? just looks like it had a lot of yeast cells and it flocculated like all hell..
Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: lewisb13 on March 31, 2013, 02:44:04 AM
Thanks for the replies! I think it just freaked me out because I've done 30 batches and I've never seen more than about an inch of mass at the bottom. The pic is deceiving because its a solid 4 inches. I did use liquid yeast for the first time. It was called "wyeast" or something like that. You bust the pouch inside the pouch and have to wait a few hours if that rings a bell with anyone.
Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: klickitat jim on March 31, 2013, 02:50:52 AM
Rings a bell for sure. Did you do a starter or just pitch what was in it

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Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: Slowbrew on March 31, 2013, 12:09:17 PM
It looks pretty normal to me.  I have a batch now and then that will settle out like that.  If it is 4 inches thick you may want to think about going to a secondary with it just to let what you will transfer settle out. 

Paul
Title: Re: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: lewisb13 on March 31, 2013, 02:10:20 PM
Rings a bell for sure. Did you do a starter or just pitch what was in it

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Yeah I just dumped the contents of the whole yeast bag in there. Definitely much more violent of a reaction than I'm used to. Pitched on Sunday and Wednesday night it was still bubbling like a fish tank aerator!
Title: Re: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: lewisb13 on March 31, 2013, 02:13:02 PM
It looks pretty normal to me.  I have a batch now and then that will settle out like that.  If it is 4 inches thick you may want to think about going to a secondary with it just to let what you will transfer settle out. 

Paul

Im gonna transfer tonight into secondary so I'll let y'all know how t goes. Appreciate everyone's replies
Title: Re: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 01, 2013, 03:00:32 PM
It looks pretty normal to me.  I have a batch now and then that will settle out like that.  If it is 4 inches thick you may want to think about going to a secondary with it just to let what you will transfer settle out. 

Paul

Im gonna transfer tonight into secondary so I'll let y'all know how t goes. Appreciate everyone's replies

don't transfer until it's done. secondary is for settling if anything. give it another week and then trasfer to secondary.
Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: DrewG on April 02, 2013, 02:45:37 PM
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don't transfer until it's done. secondary is for settling if anything. give it another week and then trasfer to secondary.

+1
Title: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: Slowbrew on April 02, 2013, 06:25:15 PM
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don't transfer until it's done. secondary is for settling if anything. give it another week and then trasfer to secondary.

+1

That what I meant (even though I didn't really say it).   :-[

Definitely give it time in the primary to finish.  If it doesn't settle enough by the time it is done, move it to a secondary to let it clear.

Paul
Title: Re: Re: Did something go wrong?
Post by: Jimmy K on April 02, 2013, 08:39:38 PM
Im gonna transfer tonight into secondary so I'll let y'all know how t goes. Appreciate everyone's replies
You can't expect the yeast to finish the job after you've removed them. Leave it on the yeast and let them finish the job.