Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Help I broke my thermometer in my brew
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-15-2007, 06:28 PM   #1
IBENAK
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 60
Default Help I broke my thermometer in my brew

I was brewing and my thermometer broke. It was a glass thermometer with the red liquid inside as well as some small metal balls. Does anyone know if the brew will be ok to drink or should I throw it out? I got all of the glass and metal balls out through the strainer. Please help!!!

__________________

Nick

On Tap: Ed's Apflewein, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Double chocolate stout, Barley Wine, Vanilla Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Lemon Wheat, Golden Ale
Primary: W' 07 clone x2, Raspberry wheat
Secondary: Pale Ale, Golden Ale x2, IIPA
Keg Conditioning:
On Deck: Kolsch, Vanilla Cream,

IBENAK is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 06:45 PM   #2
Evan!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,901
Liked 69 Times on 61 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

That's no good.

Others here have done the same thing, and IIRC, they dumped the batch because they simply were not willing to assume the risk of possibly ingesting glass shards and tearing their internal organs up. You said you strained out "all" of the glass, but I dunno how sure you can be. When you transfer to your carboy/bucket, did you strain it through a fine screen-funnel? IMHO, that would catch even the smallest shards of glass, and I'd feel confident then. What method did you use to strain? How fine was the screen? The red liquid shouldn't hurt it...but the glass is what you need to be concerned about.

__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
Evan! is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 06:46 PM   #3
Thalon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Thalon's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Louis Park, MN
Posts: 365
Default

Yikes! You never know if there are tiny glass shards still in there. *Maybe* if you passed it through a .5 micron filter a couple times it might be safe to drink, but other than that I'd dump it out. The last thing you need is a shredded throat, or worse yet a guest with a shredded throat.

__________________
Thalon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 06:50 PM   #4
paranode
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 433
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Plus those things usually have mercury in them and that is very poisonous.

__________________
paranode is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 07:11 PM   #5
IBENAK
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 60
Default

This happened in my pot and then I used the screen that I use to strain my hops. The screen is pretty small. Wouldn't all the glass fall to the bottom of the fermenter and when I rack it off to the secondary and then to a keg all of the glass would be left behind? The thermometer didn't shatter, it broke at the bottom of the thermometer, is this still a concern? I would hate to dump it if it doesn't need to be.

__________________

Nick

On Tap: Ed's Apflewein, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Double chocolate stout, Barley Wine, Vanilla Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Lemon Wheat, Golden Ale
Primary: W' 07 clone x2, Raspberry wheat
Secondary: Pale Ale, Golden Ale x2, IIPA
Keg Conditioning:
On Deck: Kolsch, Vanilla Cream,

IBENAK is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 07:28 PM   #6
FerociouslyTed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 17
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paranode
Plus those things usually have mercury in them and that is very poisonous.
However, a lot of thermometers also use colored alcohol in place of mercury.
__________________
FerociouslyTed is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 07:30 PM   #7
Beerrific
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Beerrific's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Georgia
Posts: 5,600
Liked 45 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

A mercury thermometer is hard to these days.

__________________
Beerrific is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 07:49 PM   #8
Thalon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Thalon's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Louis Park, MN
Posts: 365
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by IBENAK
This happened in my pot and then I used the screen that I use to strain my hops. The screen is pretty small. Wouldn't all the glass fall to the bottom of the fermenter and when I rack it off to the secondary and then to a keg all of the glass would be left behind? The thermometer didn't shatter, it broke at the bottom of the thermometer, is this still a concern? I would hate to dump it if it doesn't need to be.
But when you're racking, you're siphoning off the bottom. It would be easy for a glass shard that was sitting on the yeast cake to get sucked up into the siphon.

I suppose you might be able to rig up some sort of sponge to act as a physical filter on the output end of the siphon. But there's two issues with that: 1) you might be splashing the beer and aerating it again (which you generally don't want to do once fermentation has begun), and 2) sanitizing a sponge is notoriously difficult.
__________________
Thalon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 08:25 PM   #9
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southwest
Posts: 13,985
Liked 626 Times on 390 Posts
Likes Given: 57

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paranode
Plus those things usually have mercury in them and that is very poisonous.
If the indicating fluid was red, it was likely a colored alcohol, and it was definitely not mercury. There probably isn't much risk in consuming the now diluted, tiny amount of fluid that made it into your batch. Like others have said, though, you probably ought to filter the beer with something finer than a strainer before bottling.
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc
Yuri_Rage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2007, 09:32 PM   #10
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 22,183
Liked 1041 Times on 695 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default

If I were you, I'd leave it go for a while to make sure everything has settled out. When you rack to secondary or bottling bucket, hold the racking tip well up above the bottom the entire time and leave a good gallon in the bottom. I'd drink it.

__________________
BrewHardware.com has a new website. Please check it out and let me know what you think!
New Stainless Steel Heating Elements are IN!
Did you know we are now a full service homebrew shop selling malt, hops, yeast (Wyeast), etc?
Bobby_M is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP! I broke a thermometer in my beer pot! nate0075 General Beer Discussion 16 10-27-2009 03:11 AM
Thermometer broke- which one should I get? jamesnsw Equipment/Sanitation 8 05-11-2009 06:41 PM
HELP!!! My thermometer broke!!!! impulserush Extract Brewing 23 12-19-2008 05:59 PM
Help!! Thermometer just broke in my Wort! Zackb911 Equipment/Sanitation 9 03-30-2008 05:15 AM
Broke thermometer in Wort willkere General Techniques 24 11-27-2007 11:36 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS