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Re: Spider web on top of ferment.

Postby sugarcreek » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:31 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellicle. See also: sanitize

What kind of wash is it and how long has it been fermenting, in what container, and at what temp. I'd go ahead an run it. It's unlikely to kill you.
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Re: Spider web on top of ferment.

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:45 pm

What we can be really sure of is that it won't kill you, Sugar. :roflmao:
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Re: Spider web on top of ferment.

Postby Kapea » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:16 pm

bigwheel wrote:I am slowly getting the pic here so to speak. It just that there is most likely some in the crowd who aint taste oriented consewers. For an example folks from Tejas tend to drink Red Eye from a dirty glass..Just like John Wayne :rkn: and chase it down with a hot Lonestar. Manly men drink for the buzz in other words..lol.

Sounds like your latest ferment is right on track. :D
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Re: Spider web on top of ferment.

Postby Swede » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:47 pm

I had this happen to a batch of uj (first gen, not fully soured yet) and I ran it. It was fine.

One thing that I've noticed, the properly soured uj washes never get infections, it's only new washes or unsoured grain washes that get infected. There must be something good about having a nicely acidified wash that keeps the nasties out. I don't even have proper airlocks or bubblers on my fermenters, they are covered, but technically there are pathways for air and nasties to get in if they really wanted to.
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Re: Spider web on top of ferment.

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:12 am

Swede wrote:There must be something good about having a nicely acidified wash that keeps the nasties out.

Yup, and it also works for cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, old-fashioned pickles, kimchee, salami, Pint's lacto-soured corn, and Arctic Shine's fermented beluga blubber. It's not always just the lower pH that works; often the "winning"organism produces competitive compounds that suppress or kill the other bugs. You just hope your favorite bug wins. :D
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