Yeah that looks nasty some sorta Lacto I'm imagining still beautiful though.
lesson learned, some people disagree but as I've always said, never open your fermenter, no point you can't change anything lol
This is a huge advantage of stainless steel. Boiling water will kill anything on the surface almost instantly. Even at 145 degrees it only take a few minutes.Or look for a stainless fermenter. Scratch-resistant, less places for microbes to hide. It also has the advantage of being able to handle boiling water. A 20 minute fill of boiling water will easily kill any microbes known to infect beer.
I would strongly recommend against scrubbing anything plastic. Both of my fermenters are plastic (FerMonster and Speidel), and the harshest thing I touch them with is a soft cloth. In my experience, there has never been any need for scrubbing, as the Krausen ring easily wipes away - just clean up as soon as possible so these messes don’t turn into hard crust.Definitely looks funky. Maybe wait and see, if it tastes ok, carefully rack it off and bottle. If it is bad, dump it.
I never open a fermenter unless I need to add dry hops and then its as short as possible.
Going forward, i would scrub that bucket and soak in iodophor. Will kill whatever is in there.
Definitely. It could be lacto, you could be making a sour but the oddd aren't good.
Wow, bubbles! Yes it looks infected. It also looks to me to be some mold around your krausen ring at the top. Lacto doesn't scare me, but mold does
Is this that batch that you referred to in another post as finishing fermentation within 24 hrs and a FG of 1.00?
Buy a new fermenter, and treat it well. It will help you make good beer. Wash it with a rub, not a scrub - think soft cloth, not scouring pad. FerMonsters are clear plastic, so you can see the process of fermentation. They are easy to clean,. For that matter, 1-gallon glass carboys are what I started with. It is really cool to watch how fermentation progresses. Obviously plastic buckets work, but there are alternatives.If your gunna buy a new fermentor maybe just leave this for another month and have a taste in new year.