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Old 12-10-2007, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Accidently spilled some vodka in my fermenter

I used chocolate vodka for my airpiece( i forget the name of it) and it was attached to the bucket and i thought there was too much vodka in there so I opened up the cap and some of the vodka got into the fermenter.Now this is a Oatmeal stout that im brewing so that wont matter that much on the chocolate but how about the vodka? will it kill my yeast.It was like less then half a shots worth.




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Old 12-10-2007, 11:39 PM   #2
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No worries! Unless you spilled a whole bottle into your batch, I doubt you (or the yeast) will ever know the difference. RDWHAHB!

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Old 12-10-2007, 11:40 PM   #3
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This should not be a problem. You have a huge dilution ratio, the effect won't be noticeable. Your yeast will be fine.

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Think about the math on this one for a second. Vodka is about 40% alcohol. Lets say you had a major spill and spilled 2oz in your 5gal beer. That is 2*0.4=0.8 oz of alcohol in 128*5=640oz of beer. Or an increase of 0.8/640*100=0.125% ABV. Do you think you or your yeast are going to notice an increase of 1/8% alcohol? Even a whole bottle only an increase of 1.625% ABV. Hardly noticeable.

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This begs the question... has anyone ever "fortified" their beer intentionally?

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This begs the question... has anyone ever "fortified" their beer intentionally?
I've seen several recipes for bourbon fortified beer. Try doing a search.
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This begs the question... has anyone ever "fortified" their beer intentionally?
ME!!! I made a winter ale last year where I soaked some oak cubes and a vanilla bean in 2 cups of bourbon during primary fermentation, then tossed the whole thing into secondary with the beer. It's deeeelicious.
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Try doing a search.
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I'm hoping this was genuinely intended to be helpful...
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ME!!! I made a winter ale last year where I soaked some oak cubes and a vanilla bean in 2 cups of bourbon during primary fermentation, then tossed the whole thing into secondary with the beer. It's deeeelicious.
Very cool. Did you use enough to affect the alcohol content or was it done mainly for flavor?
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This begs the question... has anyone ever "fortified" their beer intentionally?
I soaked coffee grounds in vodka so that it could extract the flavor and then dumped the vodka in the secondary, it added a nice hint of coffee flavor and an extra point of abv.
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