White Floaties In My Beer

Question

I have made dozens of batches of brew over the years but this is the first time I have “floaties”–as best to describe them in my brew.

I made a nut brown ale and it was in the secondary fermenter for 4 weeks. When I checked on it today It had dime sized white floaties on the surface.

I smelled the brew and it did not smell foul. So, I transfered the brew to a bucket cleaned the carboy and placed the brew back into the carboy. The floaties had a consistenancy of fine wet paper. Have I lost this batch?

Answer

It sounds to me like a fungus. The general rule is that there’s no nasties that grow in beer that’ll kill you, so if it tastes good, drink it! Or give it to your friends without mentioning this unfortunate mishap.