Anyone recognize what this could be?

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    It looks like the beer is separating. It doesn't have a bacteria film on top but it does have "legs" on the bottom of the white top layer. Its has been cold crashing for about 10 days now in secondary. I just moved it do secondary yesterday, took a sample and it tasted fine. When I was transferring from primary to secondary I seen the same kind of oily legs creeping down the side of the primary fermenter.

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    I think I know what it is. I went back out for another look and noticed a bubble that looked like soap. Then I remember when I transferred to secondary there were a lot of starsan bubbles that entirely filled the head space. Since everything was cold it just rested on top of the beer. I'm warming it up a bit and will swirl it into solution. Hopefully that's what it is.
     
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    Looks Like Beer!
    I don't like the light on it, but other than that ..........
    Pretty light, what kind?
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    I've had that happen before after cold crashing, its proteins that cause chill haze, they just are floating to the top, they will go away once the beer warms up a bit
     
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    I doubt it's anything settling out - yeast forms an overall cloudiness but not that kind of change in color. You are probably right with your star san bubbles idea - water is lighter than beer and will float, at least until it's diffused into the beer. The Star San bubbles have some water and could cause this.
     
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    Its the light in my fridge. :D

    I warmed it up a bit and gave it a slight swirl. It started blending in with the beer. I've put it back in the fridge and we'll see how it turns out in a couple weeks. I'm not too worried about it. Everything smelled good and tasted fine. Thanks for the input!
     
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    Off-topic and into photography: The white walls of a refrigerator make a great light box!
     

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