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Old 08-12-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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I am sitting at work now, thinking about my beer fermenting away and realized that I don't think I sanitized the lid to the fermenter. I rinsed everything before use, and don't think I sanitized it before putting it on. I brewed last night, and the airlock was bubbling this morning. Is it okay to take the lid off, mix up some sanitizer and sanitize it, or will that harm the fermenting? Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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You could probably take it off and clean/sanitize it without too much trouble, since all the CO2 being produced will most likely create a protective blanket that should keep the beer safe for at least a limited time. Of course, if the fermentation has created a krausen big enough to hit the lid already, it could be pointless to try to clean it now. You never rinsed the lid at all before putting it on? If it was in a relatively clean environment, you're probably okay anyway. I'll leave this open to other opinions though.

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It'd be ok to do that, but if you are already at a strong ferment, I wouldn't worry about it. you will probably get more bacteria in there from opening it than leaving it alone. Anything that was going to get into it has, and hasn't hurt anything yet. I'd bet you are good to go.

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Cool. I rinsed it with just regular water, not sanitizer. It was hanging around my kitchen, which is decently clean but not spotless. Not entirely sure where it had been as there were two of us brewing. I will take a look at it real quick and see how much it has started, or could this contaminate it? There were a few things in the process that could have contaminated the batch, this being one of them, so IDK. LOL, I need to get out of work and have a cold one.

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Im sure you will be fine...if uopen the lid u will open it to more harm so i think u should just let it be

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Alright. Sounds reasonable. This brings me to my next question though. When should I take hydro readings? Or is it best to just let it sit since I know the yeast is healthy and fine, and wait like 2-3 weeks? The stupid book the kit came with is practically useless. This site has been WAY more helpful than it. Thanks!

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Take the hydrometer reading for final gravity right before you bottle, but also before you add the priming sugar, as that will distort the reading. I usually just use a sanitized turkey baster to remove a few ounces before I rack to my bottling bucket. If you wait three weeks, the fermentation will certainly be completely finished. Of course, if you get some crazy hydrometer reading that doesn't make sense, be sure to consult with us before bottling.

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Sounds good! I just found out that the lid may have been on the floor (just got home). Does that change your recommendations? LOL, wow, all this reading and whatnot and I can't even get the stuff clean!
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If the beer was a standard strength beer, say 1.050 OG or so, I doubt the krausen will get to the top of a 7 gallon bucket and mix any nasties into the beer.. At this point, I'd say leave it be, since opening it could suck in a bunch of junk from the air. If it's going strong, the yeast should overpower any other minor contaminants.

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Awesome news thanks for the help!

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