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Title: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: witsok on October 14, 2010, 06:53:36 pm
I just brewed a no boil Berliner Weisse ten days ago.  I let the wort spontaneously ferment for two days beore adding #1007 German Ale.  The OG was 1.031, close to target.  Yesterday a new fermentation become very active.  The large krausen is made of large thin bubbles.  The krausen is blowing out the airlock.  The krausen is stringy and muscul like and has a very pungent sour aroma that is not pleasent.  This is were it gets weird.  I removed the airlock and cleaned it.  I also cleaned the carboy with water.  The aroma from the carboy was much better the the funky mucus coming out.  It was fruit and sour.  Before replacing the air lock, I flamed the top of the carboy.  THE KRAUSEN BURNS!  The flame continued down into the carboy and lasted a few seconds before it was snuffed out by lack of oxygen.  So what ever is fermenting in there must be producing methane or other flammable gas.  I've been brewing since 1992, but this is my first no boil beer.  I never seen anything like this.  I skimmed Wild Brews, but there were no clues in there.  Any ideas what might be working in there and what the byproduct of the fermentation are?
Title: Re: Flamable Fermentation!
Post by: euge on October 14, 2010, 07:01:57 pm
Methane? Woohoo. Sounds nasty. I've let stuff spontaneously ferment before. Even tried a berliner-weisse but ended up tossing it out. Good luck it's supposed to end up great.
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: ryang on October 15, 2010, 08:39:08 am
make sure to flame it before serving. 
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: karlh on October 15, 2010, 01:54:49 pm
It might be hydrogen, sometimes produced as a byproduct of acid fermentations.
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: capozzoli on October 15, 2010, 02:37:49 pm
I wonder what it would be like brewing with this water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRZ4LQSonXA
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: witsok on October 15, 2010, 08:15:00 pm
I toke a video in of the flame today to work to show some friends.  It has really tamed down today.  Regarless, I think I'll change the name of the beer to Flaming Bung Hole.
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: tschmidlin on October 15, 2010, 11:18:28 pm
I toke a video in of the flame today to work to show some friends.  It has really tamed down today.  Regarless, I think I'll change the name of the beer to Flaming Bung Hole.
That sounds more like a beer with a couple of pounds of habeneros added . . .  :o  ;D
Title: Re: Flammable Fermentation!
Post by: Hokerer on October 16, 2010, 08:18:06 am
I toke a video in of the flame today to work to show some friends.  It has really tamed down today.  Regarless, I think I'll change the name of the beer to Flaming Bung Hole.
That sounds more like a beer with a couple of pounds of habeneros added . . .  :o  ;D

Or maybe something other than habeneros if he "toke" a video