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Offline durschad

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Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:25:14 AM »
I usually keg, but 6 months ago I bottled a Flanders Red.  I went to put one in the fridge today in anticipation of a nice sour beer and noticed some floaters.  This doesn't seem normal, but since I've only ever kegged sours this may have happened on all my batches and I would never have noticed.  Any words of wisdom/caution?

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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 11:26:53 AM »
I did check a few other bottles and some have it and some do not.  Could it be my sanitizing practices were lacking and I have a mold problem?

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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 12:01:37 PM »
Likely you introduced some o2 during bottling. Several of the organisms in a flanders culture will produce some sort of floaty. Generally pellicles are produced as a barrier to additional o2 dissolution so if some bottles got a little more air than others you might have pellicle form in some and not others.
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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 12:23:00 PM »
I had the same thing happen in a batch of Flanders Red.  It is likely just a pellicle reforming.  Just pour carefully.
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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 12:02:39 PM »
Normally it will go away in a week or so. If it doesn't then don't worry. There's nothing wrong with drinking a little pellicle.
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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013, 12:09:01 PM »
I normally get a few spots to a full-on pellicle in my bottled sours, especially when bottle-conditioned.
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Re: Pellicle or mold in the bottle!?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 08:33:00 AM »
I went ahead at tried pouring slowly and left as much pellicle in the bottle as possible and it tasted nice and tart.  Thanks for all the responses!