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Old 09-11-2009, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default Dropped "O" ring of airlock in fermentor now what???

I was messing with my airlock, and accidently knocked the "O" ring through the hole, and into my brew. What are my chances of infection now? Or do you think I'll be okay?

Funny thing is there was no bubbling all day, but as soon as the "O" ring fell in my beer, it started bubbling. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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It'll be fine. Might suck getting it out, but wouldn't worry about infections.

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Old 09-11-2009, 07:15 AM   #3
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I had my prize and joy sitting on week 2 or 3 in the fermenter once. This beer was going to be amazing. I knew it. Even after the boil it tasted good! I had just taken a hydrometer reading and it was where I wanted. Go to close the lid and the tape thermometer i had on top fell into the fermenter. @#$@#$

Plucked it out with a sanitized pair of tweezers.

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Old 09-11-2009, 08:03 AM   #4
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When beer is fermenting the yest create CO2 which is absorbed by the beer. When you dropped the o-ring into the beer you provided a bunch of new nucleation points for the CO2 to create bubbles. It's sort of the way cloud seeding works, only with bubbles, in reverse. No worries, it's completely normal.

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Old 09-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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i dropped mine in my brutal bitter batch...

turned out just fine

there is actually half of one in my warrior/simcoe ale

just leave it in there... it's not going to hurt anything

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Old 09-11-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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Well take a look at this thread and you will see that dropping an O ring, besides being common, is the least some of us have done.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what...t-great-96780/

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I put mty airlock, or blowoff hose in the grommett before putting the lid on.

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Old 09-11-2009, 11:28 PM   #8
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Almost everyone does it at least once.

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I would just leave it in, and cut a little piece of tubing to fit on the bottom of the air lock. Matter of fact that is what I use for my bucket all the time now.

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I've done the same thing with a german rye beer and it turned out fine. The biggest pain was finding another grommet to use at the time...that's a good idea to use some tubing.

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