White fuzzy stuff on yeast CO2 outlets revealed
I finally became curious enough to put some of the white fuzz that grows
at the outlet of my DIY yeast CO2 system under a microscope. At 600x,
very narrow unbranching filaments are seen. These filaments appear to be
chains of bacteria; they are divided into individual cells with no apparent
internal structure like so:
Most strands were very long, but there were many small fragments consisting of
just a few cells. Many motile and immotile bacteria were also seen. I didn't
have a reticle so I couldn't determine actual dimensions. Perhaps some
microbiologist could come up with a speculative ID for these critters.
Kevin Conlin kcconlin at cae_ca "We're Canadians. We HAVE to be polite"