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Old 01-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default Airlock seal disaster!

Afternoon all.

I've been reading loads on here and watching youtube videos before I actually took the plunge.

Well today I did - literally!

Bought basic brewing apparatus last week and a Coopers IPA extract kit today.

Sanitized everything carefully and went to work.

Dissolved the 500g spray malt and 800g dextrose in water, then added the extract.

Poured into the fermenter, made up to 5g (not the 23L as in the instructions), took the hydrometer reading (1.042), pitched the yeast and put the lid on.

Lastly, the simple step of placing the airlock on. Aha - as I pushed it the rubber seal went into the wort! I quickly got the lid off and all I could think of was the sanitized spoon. I couldn't feel it so I rolled the sleeve up and went in elbow deep!

Got it out, washed hands, reattached the seal and put the airlock on before I put the fermenter lid on.

Just goes to show that no matter how much research you do - there will always be a mistake!

My hands have never been cleaner so I hope I didn't infect the wort!

Cheers!

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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Lol. Ur not the first. No point in worrying about it now. Sit back and wait...it may turn out just fine.

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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I have had to fish one of those out myself... I sprayed my entire arm with Star-san and went in after it. Beer turned out just fine.

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I am having airlock problems as well. I am experiencing suck back and the water from the airlock is going into the fermenter. I didn't use a star san solution or vodka in there, just plain water. I hope I dont get an infection from it.

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I have a friend who's husband once dropped some equipment in to the brew. I think they blamed it on too much finished beer mixed with the brewing process (if you catch my drift). they called that batch Right Arm Red.

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I would bet that the beer will be just fine. Dont stress out.

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I am having airlock problems as well. I am experiencing suck back and the water from the airlock is going into the fermenter. I didn't use a star san solution or vodka in there, just plain water. I hope I dont get an infection from it.
Your beer is getting colder, so the pressure differential is sucking air in...definately put some starsan solution or something in there and keep an eye on it that it doesnt dry out your airlock.
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Cutting a 6 gallon batch down to 5G with an OG of 1.042 sounds a little low. Should've been at that number with 6 gallons. Maybe you didn't get the wort & top off water mixed enough? Pretty common problem.
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Put the air lock on before you put the lid on... No more grommet fishing!

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Those grommets will dry out and crack with time and use.
Next time you are at the brew shop or ordering online, pick up a few extra to have on hand (they're cheap). If you push one in again, just sanitize and install a new one. You can fish the swimmer out later.

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