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Old 04-01-2008, 03:15 AM   #1
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So, I've been out of town for a few days and when I left, I left a Peach-Ginger Wheat in the primary. It had fermented out completed by the time I left, but I was letting it there to let the yeast do some 'cleanup'. Anyway, came home and my blowoff bucket was down to about 1/2cm of starsan solution... I had about 1/2 gallon of blowoff liquid when I left.

Why did this happen, its never happened to any of my other brews!? And I've left brews with a blowoff tube for much longer than 8 days before...

Now it appears this Starsan Solution is resting on top of my Peach-Ginger Wheat, it didn't mix in (or at least not the majority of it). I know starsan is supposed to go ineffective when put into beer, but even 1/2g into 4 1/2g of beer?! I hate to ask a "is it ruined" question, but is it? I was planning to try to siphon the beer into secondary tomorrow and siphon in between the trub layer on bottom and starsan layer on top... Will this work!?

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Temp change? Sometimes a quick change in temp will change your air pressures. Think that has something to do with it?

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You should be ok. I was just listening to archived Sunday Session show about sanitation. They had they inventor of Star-san on and he was saying it would be great nutrient for yeast. JP apparently racked 4 gallons of wort onto 3 gallons of star san, They Star San guy said it actually would have been ok.

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Temp change? Sometimes a quick change in temp will change your air pressures. Think that has something to do with it?
The temp changed from probably 64 to 55-56 over the 4 days I was missing... Doesn't seem that drastic?

Ah well, I'm going to attempt to rack "out from under" the starsan blanket and see what happens...
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The temp changed from probably 64 to 55-56 over the 4 days I was missing... Doesn't seem that drastic?

Ah well, I'm going to attempt to rack "out from under" the starsan blanket and see what happens...
if u can see the layer seperation from Star san to wheat beer than I would do this..If not I would not worry much..it will really just water it down a bit and IMO not change the overal flavor..

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Same thing happened to me with a batch of ESB, although it was my fault -- I was dumb and cold crashed with the blowoff tube submerged. In any event, the beer was fine. Pretty damn delicious, actually.

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Can't believe no one's commented on the title of the thread yet.

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Can't believe no one's commented on the title of the thread yet.
I thought I'd be in trouble using that title, but I didn't know what else to call it to get the point of the thread across! Maybe it even helped attract some attention! Haha.
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if u can see the layer seperation from Star san to wheat beer than I would do this..If not I would not worry much..it will really just water it down a bit and IMO not change the overal flavor..

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It's pretty evident there is some seperation. The top 1/2" of beer is a much lighter/clearer color than the bulk of it. It starts to blend as it works its way down, but I think I can siphon off mostly beer and maybe 1pt starsan, compared to siphoning the whole carboy which would include 1/2g or more of starsan. I know it won't hurt anything, but I'd prefer the beer not to be watered down as it was already only a 1.040 beer...
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