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Off looking beer
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:29:24 PM »
Bottling a 5 gallon extract tonight and noticed a strange film forming on top of the beer in the bottling bucket. Almost looks like a very thin layer of plastic wrap. Any idea? Remnants from the Whirfloc? Loose hop residue from dry hopping pellets?

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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 05:38:20 PM »
I'm guessing you have the beginnings of a sour beer.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 05:45:39 PM »
Awesome! Maybe I shouldn't bother bottling.

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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 05:48:39 PM »
I should add that I saw this layer while actively transferring and didn't notice on top of the beer in the fermenter.

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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 05:50:16 PM »
Awesome! Maybe I shouldn't bother bottling.

I'd base your judgement on taste. And it has nothing to do with WF.
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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 05:51:09 PM »
Could be any number of things, but watch the bottlenecks for rings forming and taste it - if refrigerated shortly after carbonation, you should be able to slow down any bad buggers, if any are in there...
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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2014, 05:51:19 PM »
Tastes fine

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Off looking beer
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2014, 06:15:19 PM »
I did see a tiny bit of white stuff in the fermenter. Not on top but towards the bottom while siphoning.

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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2014, 08:25:52 PM »
I wouldn't worry. didn't you dry hop this beer? it might well be hop oils from that.
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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2014, 07:53:13 AM »
Most likely hop oils.

Many bacteria and wild yeast form pellicles, which can look like different kinds of film on the beer but they won't form that quickly and certainly not in beer swirling around your bottling bucket.
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Re: Off looking beer
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2014, 11:50:11 AM »
Thanks everyone