In 11 years of brewing I have never had this happen

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In 11 years of brewing I have never had this happen

Postby Azorean Brewer » Sun Nov 17, 2002 2:32 pm

Hi all,

Last Sunday I brewed a BASS Ale clone and I went to rack it today and there was a 1-2" thick slimmey sludgy scummy head on top, like melted coffee ice cream color. This was not Krausen, this was scum... The recipe is in the archives under "Azorean Brewers Big Bass Bitters" I used 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts to try and duplicate Burton on Trent style water, I could not find Burton Water Salts, Brew Master's Bible suggested Epsom salts as a good substitute. This is the only thing new that I have ever done. BTW it tasted great and the S.G. was 1.010, O.G. was 1.043. I am not worried about the head, just want to know what caused it. It really did tase great :-) Any ideas or similar experiences ?

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Burtonizing

Postby BillyBock » Sun Nov 17, 2002 4:50 pm

Hey Paul, I can't say what the sludge was but over the summer I made a pale ale and duplicated the Burton water profile. Whew--they were right! Sulfate is a laxative. Wow, I'd never been so regular. Watch out with your Epsom salt addition :-)

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In the bowels of the brewhouse

Postby Fraoch » Mon Nov 18, 2002 12:07 am

Jeees, how much Ep salt did you add????
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On Target Burton Water

Postby BillyBock » Mon Nov 18, 2002 1:37 am

I was able to get my composite water w/i 5% error of the classic Burton Water profile which has about 600-700ppm Sulfate (mostly from gypsum). I double checked my math and measurements before proceeding. I read that regular drinkers of Bass Ale are quite the regular crowd :-) Other than this, that was the best beer I've made to-date (first w/ temp. control) Hey..who needs Milk of Magnesia, drink a Burton Pale Ale :-)
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Wait a sec

Postby BillyBock » Fri Nov 22, 2002 7:44 pm

After a little recollection, I seem to remember something similar happening when I used British Ale II (WY1335?) for my pale ale. No ill effects, tasted great. What yeast did you use?

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Possible Slime Culprit

Postby Gus » Tue Aug 03, 2004 10:50 am

Can't precipitated protein cause such a slimy scum on primary fermenting brews?

I have heard not to worry about them but try to rack 'Under' them and leave that in the primary.

Glad it tasted good. I need to try a Bass clone.

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