So I just recently started 3, 5-gallon carboys of the following:
"Pumpkin Cider" (edwort's apfelwein and 4 tbsp of pumpkin pie spices)
"Pineapple Cider" (4.25 gal pineapple juice FC, 3.5 lb corn dextrose)
I put the latter two in quotes, bc it's just FC Juice with Montratchet yeast, not true cider.
Day 1 after setting up the carboys, I find my pumpkin cider airlock on the floor and aggregate of pumpkin spice and possibly yeast around the top of the carboy. I siphoned off enough to keep the level of juice approx 4" from the neck of the carboy. Cleaned the airlock and replaced it with fresh vodka.
I'm assuming I should have shaken the spices in with the juice like I did with the sugar.
Day 2 after setting up carboys, I find my pineapple cider airlock on the floor and what looks and smells like pineapple vomit. I siphoned a fair amount off and cleaned up the mess off the concrete in my basement. Cleaned and replaced the airlock.
My question is, considering the investment on 10 gallons of juice, should I attempt to salvage it or should I assume it's going to be wholly contaminated? Seeing as there was no airlock for 12+ hours....
The Edwort's in case anyone is wondering is bubbling away perfectly....