White scummy skin a few days after primary racking

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2 weeks ago I racked 5 gallons and after 5 days a white skin appeared on the top.
I asked the local brew store and was told it was caused by a benign yeast. It
wouldn't affect the taste, but was near impossible to get rid of.
I cleaned the carboy, racking cane and tube as well as I could BUT!!
The last batch I racked on saturday has just developed the same white scum on
top.
Do I have to throw the carboy or does anyone know how I can stop the rot?

Any answers greatfull received

PeterB


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What are you using to sanitize that carboy? Also, how does the beer
taste that has had the film on top?

_Randal


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If it doesn't kill you and it tastes good I wouldn't worry about it. =
Does it taste better? Have you stumbled onto something? You may have =
been visited by aliens. LOL

Sounds like you need to sterilise properly. But even if you do the =
contaminent may be in your room, it may be you, a friend, your dog? =
Could it be a change in your water?

I had a couple of bad batches with the heat : South Australia 35 - 40 C =
but this last one is going along nice. I think above all I spent a =
couple of days cleaning & sterilising leaving sterilising agent in my =
barrel over night for 2 nights. Lots of boiling water, all that work for =
25 ltrs of heaven. I think that's what you're going to have to do, Lots =
of cleaning.

Good luck matee. :) Beer... lowering mens standards through the ages. =
mmm... Beer

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  "PeterB" <PeterB2home.alone.drinking.homebrew> wrote in message =
  2 weeks ago I racked 5 gallons and after 5 days a white skin appeared =
on the top.
  I asked the local brew store and was told it was caused by a benign =
yeast. It wouldn't affect the taste, but was near impossible to get rid =
of.
  I cleaned the carboy, racking cane and tube as well as I could BUT!!
  The last batch I racked on saturday has just developed the same white =
scum on top.
  Do I have to throw the carboy or does anyone know how I can stop the =
rot?

  Any answers greatfull received

  PeterB


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Re: White scummy skin a few days after primary racking


I also posted this message in rec.crafts.brewing and got a few
replies.
I seems it is a benign wild yeast causing the problem floating around
in my basement where I brew. this is my answer to them.

I racked a batch last sunday in the same sterilized carboy I had the
problem with, and wednesday the white skin was back on top.

I will be sterilising all my equipment for the next few days and hope
that will be the last I see of the white scum.
BTW even though it's only a week in the keg the beer doesn't seem to
taste bad. It can only get better with age

thanks again

PeterB


On Tue, 30 Jan 2007 18:47:12 -0500, "PeterB"
<PeterB2home.alone.drinking.homebrew> wrote:

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