Alright beer gurus. I signed up for this forum to tap your extensive knowledge of the art of brewing.
I'm new to the hobby - I brewed a while back with my old roommate but this is my first venture out on my own.
Anyway - on with my question...
I'm brewing a black IPA. It was a kit from brewcraft (India Black Ale)
I might add I did forget to add 1lb of sugar since the directions weren't extremely clear.
I let it sit on the primary carboy until the airlock was down to over a minute per bubble then transferred to the secondary carboy. This took about 4-5 days. Everything was cleaned with beer equipment cleaner and sanitized with sanstar.
It's been in the secondary for one week and two days. Everything looked great until I noticed some small white specs (1/32 dia. and under) floating on top. I searched the forums and decided these must be "yeast islands" since they didn't appear like mold to me. Yesterday I checked on them to make sure they weren't growing and noticed a few yellow specs (about 1/32 dia.) accompanying my white specs!
Today I checked the batch again and indeed the white specs are getting smaller, however the yellow specs were still there.
This is when things got a little interesting.
My glass carboy is in a closet so I have to use a flashlight to check on it. When I shine the flashlight on the yellow specs they sink! There's something yellow in my beer that's scared of light! lol For the life of me I can't reason why something would sink when you shine a light on it. I swear I'm not losing my mind, I tried this on about 5 of them individually and each one sank when the light was on it for a good 20 seconds while I was examining it.
I'm lost... Please help almighty beer gurus. What's living in my beer? haha
Oh, and I'm extremely surprised the screen name BarleyHops wasn't taken. It's my dogs name :-)
Thanks guys! Much appreciated.