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Old 09-28-2013, 01:45 AM   #11
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When I read threads like this I just shake my head....:confused What in the world would possess a brewer with just a little bit of common sense to stick their arm into their beer??!! Ok so you "need" to get out a bag of hops....Why wouldn't you just say....sanitize a large spoon or pretty much anything else and fish it out. C'mon we are dying to hear your thought process on this....
lmfao!
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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tried with a spoon, it's an 8 gallon buck so it has a large base...i had to go to work and wasn't getting anywhere with the spoon

plus i was 1.5-2 days past my desirable/expected dry hopping time

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Old 09-28-2013, 02:33 AM   #13
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What sized spoon, a tablespoon or a brewers spoon?

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Old 09-28-2013, 02:34 AM   #14
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about a foot long

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Old 09-28-2013, 02:39 AM   #15
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about a foot long
Sounds like it was a toespoon
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:41 AM   #16
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This thread is cracking me up. My first batch ever I pushed the grommet of the airlock into the beer at some point. I panicked and shoved my arm in to grab it. I thought it was ruined. Turned out darned good. I called it "arm sweat ale". My friends loved it. Don't sweat it!

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So you did it, silly, but you did. Chances aren't slim but it could be just fine. As you all would say to me as a new brewer, relax ... Just wait and see. Oh, have a brew and stop shoving your hands in vessels to which they don't belong.

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5 dollar foot long!

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Old 09-28-2013, 03:08 AM   #19
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Get yourself a brewers spoon like someone else mentioned. They're made up to 3 Feet and longer! A plastic one is only about a dollar! I've used it to fish things out before.

My first brew, when I poured the wort into the fermenter, my paint strainer slipped in and dropped all of the gunk and trub back in to the filtered wort. I had to reach in and grab the filter and try to get everything out and refilter it.. I had no problems sticking my hand in there but I did make sure I washed my hand before I did.

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Sanitize some tongs and try that next time.

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