So, I was getting ready to start a batch of hard cider today. I cleaned and sterilized everything. I pitched the yeast. The stopper for the jug was a little wet when I put it on. It wasn't very snug when I first put it on the jug, so I stuck the airlock into the stopper, and I pushed on the cider a little. The airlock already had water in it (S-shaped airlock), so there was a little bit of back pressure. In an effort to try to equalize the pressure on both sides of the airlock, I pressed harder on the stopper, at which point it fell into my cider jug.
I sterilized my secondary jug and poured the cider into it from the first jug that had the cider. I used a meat thermometer to pull the stopper out of the first jug because that's all I had at the time. I sterilized the stopper, dried it, put the airlock in it, and pressed it lightly onto the top of the jug.
Do you think my cider will be okay? hahahaha