Strange Comet Streaks

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Strange Comet Streaks

Postby Hodca » Wed Feb 06, 2002 6:24 pm

I brewed the IMB Kolsch lager. Followed all the directions to the T. Treated my brewbaby with the true care and attention all new brewbabies require. It tasted so good that on bottling day I drained the hose and bucket scrapings to drink. Now though, after two weeks in the dark at 70 degrees, the beer is clear but all of the bottles have comet streaks. Whats going on, is my brew ill? Have I lost my young brew forever?
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Tell me I'm not the only one

Postby Push Eject » Wed Feb 06, 2002 7:16 pm

Uh... what's a comet streak?
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In case of accident

Postby andytv » Thu Feb 07, 2002 3:05 am

My mother was always worried about "comet streaks". Something about getting in an accident with dirty underpants, I really can't remember.
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"Comet" Streaks.... Kolsch a LAGER ???...

Postby Mesa Maltworks » Thu Feb 07, 2002 7:20 am

What you are describing is where a surface accumulation or "pit" or indentation remains on the inside of the bottle. Yeast & proteins are settling from the top of the bottle down and has gotten hung up on this/these spot/s, then as mass increased some of the yeasts/proteins have spilled over the spot/s and continued sliding down the side of the bottle leaving streaks.

The next time, make extra sure your bottles are clean and hold them up to a bright light to see if they are scratched or pitted. If you are absolutely sure they are clean and this occurs again, throw out your bottles and replace them. The reason I recommend this is because over time they will be more and more difficult to clean and sanitize properly and will lead to infection.

By the way... Kolsch a lager ? A Kolsch is one of the few German ALES !
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Thanks, MM

Postby Push Eject » Thu Feb 07, 2002 8:37 am

And Mesa comes through again.
However, I haven't received my 6-packs from him yet -- anyone else?
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Nope

Postby l48shark » Thu Feb 07, 2002 3:48 pm

Let me check...

<goes to front porch and back>

Nope, nothing yet. Perhaps an exchange program is in order? :)

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Thanks MM

Postby Hodca » Thu Feb 07, 2002 7:17 pm

And your right....a Kolsh. Guess I was in left field for a moment or two. Thanks again.
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The shipment Nazis told me I can't....

Postby Mesa Maltworks » Fri Feb 08, 2002 6:49 am

No doubt you've heard of our government's Department of Transportation (DOT) and Interstate Commerce Department and the ATF ? Well... they don't like it when I subvert three tier distribution systems by sending brews via mail... etc... The fine is BIG and I can't risk it !!! I lke my job too much and my pockets aren't deep !
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AAA

Postby Push Eject » Sun Feb 10, 2002 4:21 pm

Looks like you're just going to have to personally drive out and delivery us the goods then, Mesa.
Lemme know when you plan on heading out (I'm busy tomorrow, but Tuesday is good) and I'll forward my street address.
Hope you're not allergic to cats.
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