name that bacteria (with pics)
I may have finally had my first cross contaminated beer in my mixed (wild and non-wild) basement brewery. I've been making wild beers as well as normal beers for 3 years now with no issues. I ferment in the same corner right next to each other and use vodka in the airlocks.
I made something similar to three philosophers about 6 months ago. This actually had a 750mL bottle of belgian kriek added to the boil in the last 15min (as Ommegang does) and is over 10% abv. I fermented for a week in primary and 6 months in primary with yeast cultured from Ommegang Rare Vos. Not sure it would matter, but the carboy I used for secondary was used for 2 years prior for a flanders red, and did so next to another carbooy fermenting a belgian "golden sour" fermented with brett B. in secondary.
I pulled off my cover from the carboy tonight and saw some contamination on the top surface. I tasted it as it went into the keg and it tastes fine. I actually would likely enjoy a lacto or pedio "contamination" in this beer.
Any guesses at what it is? Pics in the link below.