I made my first batch of cider two days ago using Brandon O's Graff recipe here. I was very excited to see a very intense fermentation this morning just before I was picked up for work. I was just about to change out the airlock for a blow off tube, when my ride rang the door bell. I had just removed the airlock, which released a startling explosion leaving a bit of goo on my ceiling. Once I heard the door bell, I quickly sanitized the bung and airlock and placed them back in the carboy tightly.
I was hoping that the airlock would hold tight until I made it home from work...
Wow, I could not be so lucky. From the looks of it, I'm guessing it blew top off shortly after I left this morning. By now, everything is pretty dried and crusty (including the ceiling and floor). See picture for a good visual.
Anyways, I am wondering how bad this will be for my precious cider. I was really stoked for it to be on tap by the end of july, it's my girl's b-day and there will be celebrations that call for a good strong girly drink. I also planned to enjoy it!!
My question is, if it sat today for 11 hours with no bung/airlock, is there any chance that it DID NOT GET INFECTED?? Should I just throw it out now and start over?? There was also a fan running on the other side of the room, and it's a basement with lots of other smells and nasties that I would imagine can't be good for my odds.
Any thoughts or input is greatly appreciated, I am still pretty new to brewing and have never had this happen before.