It needs oxygen, so keeping your wine properly sealed with an airlock during fermentation should prevent the problem from occurring. Blecch, so much for that comfort food dinner! The cabbage leaf that covered the top of the kraut raised up and out of the brine, exposing it to oxygen, and grew mold on top. Thanks for watching! Troubleshoot my hot sauce ferment. Make sure to seal mason jars tightly and if using a crock, place a plate or cloth—or a cloth tied with a rubberband, to avoid flies—on top. This is okay during a fermentation, when CO2 gas is coming off the liquid, but after the fermentation the head-space needs to be eliminated. After fermenting, if there is any mold, I scrape off the mold and stir the contents to be sure everything is submerged into the lactic acid ferment, and then refrigerate. But here’s what we learned: It’s REALLY hard to grow mold. Everyone is afraid of growing mold on their SCOBY. White fuzzy dry mold is easy to spot. Why are you stirring it? this can be avoided with a more Fermentation activity, i.e. There are some pictures of mold growing on pickles in this article by the Fermentation Podcast. its not harmful but also not really helpful. My guess is that if you carefully remove it, make sure that you got it and a little of the kvass underneath, and make sure the jar sides are clean, that it may still taste off or moldy. Having been under the impression that maple syrup doesn’t spoil, we wanted to look in … #moldy #ferments #fermentation #howto #avoidmold #tips #whyyoushould #allabout #recipes #ideas #healingharvesthomestead If you're opening it to stir it, then you're letting air in. You can avoid mold easily following these tips! When you ferment vegetables you don’t do either one of these so the good bacteria keeps everything under control. It is possible to remove and eradicate the mold with a high probability of salvaging the wine. These microscopic critters are present in both the air and on the vegetables we ferment. Use fresh, organic food. If you do, don’t get mad and think you will never figure out fermentation. I had no issues. Lactic acid fermentation happens without air (anaerobically) under the brine. I’d also recommend adding the fruit to the second ferment (F2) and not to the primary ferment if you are having mold issues. Even though it looks a little funky, it’s not something that is harmful to you or your ferment. Those blue circles of mold are the problem, while the white circles of SCOBY growth are normal. This white layer is sometimes referred to as being mold, white scum or “bloom”. If it was mold, it represents such a small portion of the 7.5 gallon carboy that to me it definitely out of the question to dump. She poured on the maple syrup, took a bite … and then realized that the inside of the syrup bottle was covered in yellowish-gray mold. 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