White stuff floating in Secondary

What went wrong? Was this supposed to happen? Should I throw it out? What do I do now?

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Lloydarcher01
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White stuff floating in Secondary

Post by Lloydarcher01 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:18 pm

Hey, I started my first ever bacth last week and everything has went great up till recently. I had my beer in primary for 7 days until my gravity was consistent for 3 days straight. I recently (2 days ago) racked my brew into my secondary carboy. Yesterday I noticed little white stuff floating NEAR(inch or so below) the top. I have seen other posts saying they have stuff floating on the top but that isn't my problem. If i look at it very closely, there is a very small bubble on one. Now the other forums i have checked said it may be small deposits of CO2 but i'm not sure because it doesn't all look like bubbles. It doesn't seem to be moldy/fuzzy and hasn't grown at all since yesterday, just kind of curious.

It's a brown ale with OG 1.072 and TG of 1.026 if that helps in the diagnosis at all.

Any and all help is appreciated.

P.S. Sorry iI tried to take a picture but i just get a reflection off my carboy :(

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Hard to say

Post by brewmeisterintng » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:13 pm

but time will tell. You could use a wine thief to sample the beer but it would be hard to note any off flavors in a brown. I take it you will be bottling this? Just watch for rings forming around the neck. I think it will be fine. It may be yeast falling out of suspension. Just my ramblings.

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yeast

Post by slothrob » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:17 pm

Odds are it's yeast. Either carried up by CO2 in the beer, say if the beer got a little warmer and some CO2 came out of solution, or by some re-invigorated fermentation caused by the transfer.

When I used to transfer to secondary after 1 week, I would often see a couple point drop during secondary, even if the gravity had seemed steady before the transfer.
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Post by Lloydarcher01 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:24 pm

That's what I wanted to hear. Either way i was gonna wait it out but that comforts me more. Thanks, ill update if anything further occurs.

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