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Old 12-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default My beer exposed to air for a month!

So I am a complete idiot. I have a bourbon porter in a secondary it's been there for a month. I was looking at it today and my 3 peice airlock only had 2 peices on it. It was missing the peice in the middle that goes in the water to protect it from air. So basically it's been open to air for a month!

So the timeless question, Is my beer ruined? I'm assuming it has to be, but should I take the time to bottle anyway? Even if I do I feel like I'll never know what it was suppose to taste like.

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Old 12-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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Worth a shot. Taste it and if it's good bottle. It could have been worse.

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Old 12-25-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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Take a hydro sample and taste. Maybe you'll be lucky and the yeasties had generated enough CO2 to cover it during that time.

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Old 12-25-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Could be ok. Air lock is a small hole and the beer is still producing some co2. It may be enough to keep the air out.

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Old 12-25-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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my bet is you're ok. take a sample and check it out. if it has a vinegar quality then you're out of luck.

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It is either beer or vinegar. You will know very quickly.

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Old 12-25-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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You might get lucky too. I had one ferment out wild and bone dry, but it was quite tasty. Unless it tastes like vomit, someone will probably take it off your hands.

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Old 12-25-2013, 09:50 PM   #8
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I may be wrong but I would assume that you're just peachy. Fermentation is creating co2 which is causing a higher pressure in the fermenter, so outside air cannot in. Even if the pressure isn't there co2 is heavier than air so there should be a nice cap over your brew.

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Old 12-25-2013, 10:31 PM   #9
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You're probably fine... Especially if you had small headspace in the carboy (it should always be filled to the neck for secondary).

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Old 12-25-2013, 11:22 PM   #10
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If it's covered there's no need for an airlock at all. Read about Pasteur's famous experiment.

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