Contaminated batch or a visit from ancient astronauts?

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cimbaliw

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Racking off at the end of fermentation I came across what you see in the image below. The wine is an Italian Pinot Grigio juice bucket. Not knowing what to do, I doubled the K-Meta dose to 1/2t in 6 gallons of must and put it to bed. Any thoughts?

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Looks like maybe a gob of the lees stuck to the racking cane and got flipped to the side of the carboy. Bet it is nothing to be concerned about. Arne.
 

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My guess is that the carboy was stored on its side when empty and a small amount of water evaporated leaving a deposit of minerals or other dissolved solids. The deposit may have been difficult to see until the carboy was used and lees coated the deposit.
 

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Thanks for the reassurance. The more I look at the image the less it looks like a colony-type growth. The carboy had been stored upright with about a half of a cup of Kmeta to keep it sanitized during storage.
 

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