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Offline oscarvan

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Strange fuzz......
« on: March 08, 2011, 03:38:26 PM »
Have a German ale in secondary... (2/23/11) in a better bottle. Where the rings in the bottle are there is a ring of a white stringy fuzz.....not a lot, just a ring around the bottle, thin stringy hair running about an inch down.... odd......tough to get a picture of.... It also had a white thin foam for a while on the top after I racked it....... Do I have "visitors" ?

Anyone ever seen this?
« Last Edit: March 08, 2011, 03:40:31 PM by oscarvan »
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 03:40:18 PM »
Sounds like acetobacter, which is common when the beer is exposed to oxygen. Which is one reason I don't think it is  a good idea to secondary without being able to purge the head space with Co2.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 03:40:55 PM »
So now what? Drain time?
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 03:41:31 PM »
Taste it before you do anything drastic.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 03:42:19 PM »
Taste it before you do anything drastic.

Of course.....

I am NOT having a good day.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 03:43:26 PM »
Could also be a sherry yeast....

Does it look like this?
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 03:44:27 PM »
If it tastes good, keg it and drink it quickly . . .
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 03:46:22 PM »
No, nothing as drastic as that..... The stuff on top has disappeared, they were bubbles, the stuff on the rings on the bottle was sitting on the ledge and came loose when I moved the thing.....

From Wikipedia on acetobacter:

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they are used to intentionally acidify beer during long maturation periods in the production of traditional Flemish Sour Ales;

German sour ale?
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 03:48:52 PM »
No, nothing as drastic as that..... The stuff on top has disappeared, they were bubbles, the stuff on the rings on the bottle was sitting on the ledge and came loose when I moved the thing.....

German sour ale?

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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 03:55:26 PM »
Oh, how the migh...  Wanna go ride bikes?!  ;D
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 03:56:12 PM »
Oh, how the migh...  Wanna go ride bikes?!  ;D

No, I want to go hide under a rock.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 04:00:54 PM »
OK, it's all gone.....settled to the bottom. Looks good now. It never happened. Yeah, that's it. Maybe it was yeasty fuzz. Maybe I'm seeing things. Woke up at midnight Eastern time in Hamburg and worked my way home, it's been a long day. Had nice wild boar roast last night, with Brussels sprouts and Kartöffeln and a nice Dunkelbock.

I need a nap.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011, 04:03:44 PM »
Was there still a lot of yeast in suspension when you transferred the beer? Hard to say without seeing it, but it could just be yeast settling on those rings of the BB. That might explain the foam on top too, just the yeast finishing up after getting roused by the transfer and small amount of oxygen that was picked up. It could just be wishful thinking on my part too... I agree with everyone else that you should taste it before you decide anything.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011, 04:05:04 PM »
I've never seen yeast look like "fuzz" but hopefully thats all it was.
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Re: Strange fuzz......
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2011, 04:54:04 PM »
Was there still a lot of yeast in suspension when you transferred the beer?

Yes.
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