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aluftig1 02-13-2010 10:33 PM

Affect of contact with skin on beer?
okay this may be the lamest question I've ever asked on this forum.... but I was brewing today and was in the final stage of the process (adding yeast to the wort) when a cap fell into my beer.

Without thinking, I reached into the beer and pulled it out.

Anyone have a sense whether this will ruin my beer? Will contact with skin and/or the probable bacteria on skin infect the brew?

Wish I hadnt done that, but its too late now!

llazy_llama 02-13-2010 10:49 PM

It happens. It's not good, but it's not the end of the world. There is a possibility of infection, but the odds are slim. You'll just have to wait it out to see what happens, but I'd be willing to bet that it'll be just fine.

I might be a little bit more anal about my process than I really need to be, but I'll occasionaly spray my hands with Star San. I keep a spray bottle handy for that, and other last second sanitation issues.

Revvy 02-13-2010 11:16 PM

People have stuck or dropped much worse into their fermenters and the beer has turned out ok. More than likely you'll be fine.

When your beer turns out OK add you tale to this thread;


In the meantime read those stories in there!


Edcculus 02-13-2010 11:28 PM

I had to stick my hand in the bottling bucket to tighten the spigot one time. Not something I would normally do, but the beer didn't get infected.

Bernie Brewer 02-14-2010 12:12 AM

Hmm. Since this was your fist post, that means it is the only question you've asked on this forum. That, by definition means it is indeed the lamest question you've ever asked on this forum.:D

Meh, your beer will be just fine.........

aluftig1 02-14-2010 01:31 AM

thanks for the encouragment
HA! Actually I have submitted questions before...only it was awhile ago and I forgot my username and password so I gave up and just started a new profile :)

Thanks for the encouragment! I also called my homebrew store and they told me that the yeast takes care of most of the bacteria so here's hoping. I'd never heard of that before...

Anyway, i'll let you guys know in a month if I ruined it or not! But thanks for providing some comfort that maybe I didnt....

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