Tomorrow is the Big Bottling Day. I snuck a peek about a week ago and took a hydro reading, and all is well I believe. I took another peek today (14 days in) just to make sure I'm not about to bottle a mess, and I just wanted some confirmation that what I'm seeing is ok (and not symptoms of mold or contamination), considering the difference between last pic and this pic.
Here's ~7 days into it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgoodwin/6932711321/in/set-72157629461259769
There was some temperature fluctation, but I've tried to keep it no higher than 72. In the past couple of days I got it down towards 69...maybe it's some renewed fermentation?
When I pull the lid on the pail, I definitely get the "whoosh"/hiss sound of CO2 coming out.
Thanks for your advice!!
Update: Bottling is done!
FG is right at 1.011, with the acceptable range being 1.010-1.012.
When I opened the primary this time, there was no "whoosh" or feel of air escaping. Also it seems all the big bubbles were gone and down into a ton of tiny bubbles. They dissipated quickly while racking to the bottling bucket. That makes me pretty hopeful it's not a solid (like a mold or yeasts still stuck together etc.).
Samples smell like a perfect ale. Taste tested by 3 people, all found it tasty, if not particularly "complex". I know the carbonation/conditioning process can change the flavor characteristics...
Got 21 22oz bottles full, and about 5 normal size to be "flavor/carb check" victims. About 1/2 gallon left in the bottling bucket when we stopped; it just had too many solids and I didn't have a proper screen or way to filter them. It's definitely starting to become clear the advantage of a secondary to help refine/filter, or at least trying to filter while going to bottling bucket.
Whatcha think guys?