Once primary fermentation begins to wrap … swirl up the left-behind beer to kick up the trub. One way to always check for fermentation is to see if you have any trub build up on the bottom of the fermenter. Bottling In some cases, it could be a combination of these or other bacteria/wild yeast. I brewed this IPA about 7 weeks ago. In October, I made this post asking for recipe advice on a beer I wanted to brew as a tribute to my family's dog, who we had put to sleep the day prior. If you intentionally inoculate beer with Brett, Lacto, or Pedio, then pellicle formation is a sure sign that wild and sour bugs have established themselves in generous numbers. If the top of your beer looks like it has a layer of white chalky film and bubbles that don’t pop then you definitely have an infection. So before you decide whether your beer is a dumper, you will want to visually inspect and possibly even taste it to make sure it's still worth keeping or not. This may not happen with every infection, however. 'slick' Refills Forum, Customer Service If you intentionally inoculate beer with Brett, Lacto, or Pedio, then pellicle formation is a sure sign that wild and sour bugs have established themselves in generous numbers. Pellicle. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. // Archived Recipes speed: 300, Lacto infections, on the other hand, just smell a little tart. Pellicle / Infection question. Seriously, this community is simply awesome. He notes that aging sour beer in a vibration-free location will minimize disruption to the pellicle and thus enhance the protective properties it conveys. Learn from it and keep brewing. If you do, then your good to go. YouTube Channel There is one practical piece of information, though, that you can put to use in your sour-beer brewing. Pellicles don’t form on beer fermented with straight up Saccharomyces, though, so the presence of one may be an indication of contamination (also called an infection). This is a question that we get quite often so we wanted to provide some information so you can tell if your brew is good or not. Mold only grows on the surface and will not penetrate the beer itself. If you are brewing a sour beer you will most likely have some pellicle formation. mojoman67 2014-11-03 16:22:02 UTC #1. Get the best brewing tips, techniques, and recipes in your inbox. The different strains cause the beer to ferment under more “wild” conditions, hence the name. Mold cannot survive the alcohol in beer. Pellicle development isn’t, however, guaranteed, even in the most funky of ales. Contact Us Some beers might now show much of krausen at all. 1. So you can still have an infection even without the pellicle formation if your beer was free of oxygen exposure during fermentation. jQuery(document).ready(function () { Depending on the batch that you are brewing you may get a very high krausen or a low krausen. Sign up today! Other Brewing Products, Mr. Beer Social What you are looking for at the top of the wort is the formation of 'pellicle' (or a yeast raft)- which is a collection of microbes hanging out on top of your beer. A pellicle (pronounced “PELL-uh-kull”) is the gooey, slimy, bubbly, fuzzy layer of nastiness that may appear on the surface of beers fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, or Pediococcus. I opened it up and this is what I saw. autoplaySpeed: 4000, But your other option is to let the beer age longer to see if you get a tasty sour out of it. jQuery(".video-slider").slick({ Don't worry about getting sick because none of these wild bacteria, yeast or mold can harm you. So just remember that all fermentations will not look the same. It is a foamy layer of yeast, hop particles, trub, CO2, and any other proteins that found a way into your beer. Can you bottle & brew using the same sanitizer solution. To be clear, the presence of a pellicle does not mean that your beer will make you sick, nor does it mean that the character of your beer will have changed for the worse. In CBB’s online course. One thing to note about a pellicle is it is not always an indication of an infection.