What the heck is this?

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    Morning lads n lasses!


    I'm building a batch of blackberry peach cider, fermented out nicely. Og 1.055, finished out at 1.001.

    Bottled it a few days ago with 5ml of sugar/12oz and now its building a layer of white scummy stuff on top of the liquid. I've made a few batches of fruit and berry ciders but until this batch never used fruit fresh from the field, coincidently (maybe..) I've never had a cider do this. I did hammer it with with Camden tablets and the fermentation appeared to have been text book. What gives?

    Is it dead? Does it have the plague? Should we have a seance to contact the spirits of the deceased fruits and berries?

    I'm trying to upload a picture but my lack of tech savvy is prohibiting me. Will figure it out.



    Thanks bunches

    Russ
     
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    Probably don't take my word for it (I don't really brew ciders and I've been to 2 breweries today so far) but I'd drink it
     
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    Gandalf: [pointing to a tunnel] There!

    Merry: He remembered!

    Gandalf: No, but the air doesn't smell so foul here. If in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose.
     
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    Unfortunately I can't double like this. Thank goodness Gandalf had a bit of pipeweed to ruminate over
     
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    I'd watch for bottle bombs. Maybe it's something like pectin but it sure looks like an infection to me. Might not taste bad at all, especially if it's a wild yeast or lacto.
     
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    Mini-pellicle? Try one as soon as you think they're carbed. If it's a little bit funky or sour you've got a mixed fermentation. May be awful, may be good, depending on the bugs and your tastes.
     
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    Thanks guys. I popped one for a smell test and it's pretty dang OK. Taste was very acceptable as well. I do believe it's some sort of wild yeast as it has a tinge of the frambois taste, but it may be just the black berries. Time will tell.

    I am still considering the seance though.
     
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