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> Could somebody please check this out for me
> Is the beer supposed to look like this while fermenting? (The kit came
> with hop pellets to add at the begining).
> If this is right, do I scrape this off before syphoning to my keg?
Ummmm.... a couple of things...
Looks to me to be normal foam, though with a lot of residual from the
hops pellets that disintegrated during the boil. Most of that should
settle out as it finishes its primary fermentation. Did you run your
wort through a sanitized strainer before topping up and adding the yeast?
If not, try that next time to remove a good portion of any left over
solids before starting fermentation.
Don't worry about scraping it off (though if you must, you can, just make
sure that whatever you use is sanitized beforehand). When you rack to
your keg, you should leave most of it behind since you draw from the
bottom portion of the fermenter.
My biggest question though is to ask if you are fermenting in a closed
container or not? Leaving the top open exposes the brew to whatever
bacteria/natural yeasts/microoganisms/etc happen to be floating by at the
time. You should have this covered/sealed with an airlock while it
ferments. Some folks don't seal, but in any case, leaving it wide open
(if you are) isn't a good thing. Anyway, don't know if you are or not,
just thought I'd ask.