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Offline norfair86

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Is this infected?
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:30:47 PM »
hi all-

I recently made a pale ale, which looked and smelled wonderful while fermenting and when I bottled it. I pulled one out yesterday to try it, and noticed that after bottle conditioning, they all have these tiny specks on the sides and floating in the beer. I opened one anyway, and it smelled fine and tasted fine, so I can't tell if it's infected. It also seems like the spots are only sticking to one side of the bottle, which seemed weird since they were stored upright.
While I am new to brewing, I've brewed a few batches before and I have a good cleaning and sanitizing regimen. I don't know if this may be an issue, but this was my first time using pbw to clean before sanitizing. Maybe I didn't rinse thoroughly enough?

I know it looks like bubbles in the image, but they slowly sink when they detached from the side.





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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 04:38:35 PM »
Might be yeast articles that haven't settled out yet.  Was this bottle chilled for a few days before opening?

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 05:07:38 PM »
No it's been at room temperature for two weeks. I put a few bottles in the fridge though, so maybe that will help?


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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 06:13:32 PM »
If the beer tastes good it's not infected. It's probably yeast stuck to the side of the bottle.

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2017, 08:36:11 PM »
If the beer tastes good it's not infected. It's probably yeast stuck to the side of the bottle.

Pedantically, all beer is infected.  But is it contaminated?
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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 08:53:48 PM »
Infection implies uncontrolled and negative. Inoculated would be more correct.

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2017, 09:37:05 PM »
Infection implies uncontrolled and negative. Inoculated would be more correct.

I'm just going by what I was told by a microbilogist.
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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2017, 09:51:05 PM »
I am pretty sure there are no unwanted life forms in the OP's beer.

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2017, 10:54:41 PM »
Thanks for the insight! I'll let them chill for a couple days and then try again


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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2017, 02:39:53 PM »
Infection implies uncontrolled and negative. Inoculated would be more correct.

I'm just going by what I was told by a microbilogist.
Maybe he/she meant that all beer has some level of bacteria or wild yeast contamination.

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2017, 04:59:12 PM »
It looks like dusty yeast hanging on to the sides of the bottle.

Try this....

Hold each bottle from the top/cap and give each a quick swirl to dislodge the particles. They should settle out better after this.

Then pop a few in the fridge for at least 24 hrs to absorb all the CO2, and DRINK AWAY!!

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 04:55:34 PM »

Pedantically

Damn you and your big words! I swear I need a dictionary every time I read one of your posts.  >:(
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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2017, 04:57:54 PM »

Pedantically

Damn you and your big words! I swear I need a dictionary every time I read one of your posts.  >:(

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Re: Is this infected?
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2017, 05:46:34 PM »
Damn you and your big words! I swear I need a dictionary every time I read one of your posts.  >:(

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