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Old 02-12-2006, 08:44 PM   #1
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I was putting the airlock on the primary bucket and the rubber was pushed through into the wort, I quickly reached in and grabbed it, it was at the bottom, and replaced it and sealed the lid and put the airlock back on not pushing so hard this time. The question is is this contamination cause for concern?

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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You're probably fine, but in the future make sure you clean, rinse, and sanitize your arm (or anything else) before sticking it into the beer.

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:49 PM   #3
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Thanks, My arm's still sticky! At least I feel better, Better have a nother Brew!

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I was putting the airlock on the primary bucket and the rubber was pushed through into the wort, I quickly reached in and grabbed it, it was at the bottom, and replaced it and sealed the lid and put the airlock back on not pushing so hard this time. The question is is this contamination cause for concern?
Any time your beer comes in contact with anything unsanitized then you are risking contamination. It is not uncommon for a lot of us to accidentally push the stopper into the wort. However, the correct thing to do is either fish it out with a sanitized tool (coat hanger) or just leave it in and replaced with another sanitized one. Just keep an eye on it for any signs of contamination and hope for the best.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:12 PM   #5
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I bet if you took a poll, you would find that a quarter to a half of the folks here did the exact same thing in their first batch. It is a mistake you don't make twice. I scrubbed my arm with detergent and rinsed with the hottest tap water, then did as you did - reached in and retrieved.

Another solution that I was told about afterwards is to forget it, leave it there, but have an extra gasket ready.

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Old 02-13-2006, 09:59 PM   #6
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Did the Beer turn out O.K.?

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Well sure!

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Old 02-14-2006, 02:03 AM   #8
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It was my second batch

Turned out fine

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The thing that gets me about scenarios like this is paranoia that any little flavor was caused by the "mishap". I had rigged something to hold my floating thermometer verticle in the wort using a pair of rubber coated tweezers for pulling memory chips in computers. It was working great until I hit the thermometer and sent the tweezers in. It took me a good minute mid-boil to get them out with a sanitized untencil. Most everybody said the beer was good, but I couldn't get past the idea, in my head or not that it tasted of rubber.

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I dropped my stopper into my primary earlier this week when taking a sample. The opening is far too narrow for me to reach inside and grab it, so I just left it. And since I didn't have another stopper to replace it, I just used a clean dishcloth. I've since racked to secondary and tasted, and it tastes just fine. Haven't quite figured out how to get the stopper back out yet...

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