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Beer Kit: Brewferm Tarwebier

This was my first time using StarSan as it's hard to get in my neck of woods. Is this some ugly Krausen or an infection, if so what type?

Is there any recovery from this, can I rack from underneath it, spray it with some StarSan?

I stored the StarSan for a few days after cleaning bottles, before I reused it to clean my FV, I that that was okay to do? could this be the source of the contamination, some bottles had a few little specks of mold? :( enter image description here

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    Looks OK to me. How's it smell and taste? – FishesCycle Jan 29 '14 at 17:18
  • I'm just a bit paranoid if I'm using the StarSan correctly. It smells fine, I'll go give it a taste. – Another Compiler Error Jan 29 '14 at 18:58
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    Taste no evil. I think I'm good boys and girls! – Another Compiler Error Jan 29 '14 at 19:01
  • Can anyone else see the horse? – Another Compiler Error Jan 31 '14 at 23:18
  • Yup. Definitely a stallion. – FishesCycle Jan 31 '14 at 23:38
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Smell: Smells like beer.
Look: Looks like beer.
Taste: Tastes like beer.
Verdict: It's beer!

I think the issue here was paranoia of using a new sanitiser and tech. The Krausen looked to me like colony of 'something' floating on clear head, instead of all the foam looking brown and Krausen like.

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For any beer you suspect to be infected, the bottom line is that if it tastes good and smells good, it is good. Also, the brown gunk in your fermenter looks like protein that would have clumped together during the boil. It's common to see it floating around on the krausen (yeast foam) during fermentation. Hope the beer turns out well!

  • Thanks for the post. Every other time my krausen looks fine and like brown foam this time it just looked very different and it weirded me out. – Another Compiler Error Feb 3 '14 at 21:55

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