Ok, I did my first AG yesterday of a Fat Tire clone. Everything went pretty well until after I
bottled the wort into my carboy. When I was installing the airlock I accidentally pushed the
rubber stopper to far in that it fell into the glass carboy. I made several furious attempts to remove
it with a sanitized hanger to no avail.
So, I finally gave up on trying to retrieve the stopper (which was sanitized too) and let it be. I did get the stopper up to the neck of the 6.5 gallon carboy and then even tried to pull through with un-sanitized needle nose pliers (I hope this did not contaminate my batch.)
I went ahead and pushed a second stopper into the neck of the carboy along with the airlock but
noticed today that is was shoved in too far and air was probably leaking out so I adjusted and now it is bubbling about every 4 seconds and krausen has started to form on the top.
Is my batch ruined? Should I wait 10 or so days and take a sample to see or should I just dump and start over?
My recipe for 5 gallons was:
Strike Temp: 168 F
OG = 1.050 FG = 1.013
I batch sparged at 170 F for 15 minutes.
45 minute mash at 154 F
90 minute wort boil
1 LB - Belgian Carapils Malt
3 LB - Weyermann, Dk. Munich (10L)
1 LB - Dingemans, Biscuit
9 LB - Briess, 2 Row American Pale
1 LB - Dingeman's, Cara Vienne Malt (20L)
1 OZ - Briess, Chocolate Malt
White Labs WLP051 - California V Ale Yeast
1 OZ - Willamette Hops at 90 minutes
1/2 OZ - Fuggle Hops at 20 minutes
1/2 OZ - Fuggle Hops at 0 minutes