Brewed up a low gravity starter beer to 1. Propagate yeast for a 1/2 bbl heady topper brew and 2. to make a blending beer for an overbittered premium bitter I had made.
Took a sample on Friday with a sanitized (for 30-45 seconds) soup ladle. Tasted pretty good, bland, but a good neutral low-alcohol base beer.
Got everything ready to throw some of the blending beer into the overbittered bitter, opened up the lid, and saw some serious pellicular activity. Not sure if it was from my chest freezer having a bunch of stuff airborne, the beer being low-alcohol/low hop, or not sanitizing my ladle for long enough. Blast. Probably should have cold-crashed after primary fermentation just to be safe.
Now I need to brew again and order “Vermont Ale Yeast” from The Yeast Bay.