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Old 09-02-2008, 02:13 AM   #1
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My roomie put a wet towel around my fermometer, now each of the bars has a white stripe on the bottom and it doesnt seem to be going away. Is it ruined?



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Old 09-02-2008, 03:01 AM   #2
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If it's what I think it is, it's just yeast collecting in the grooves. Your batch isn't ruined, it's doing what it's suppose to do.



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Old 09-02-2008, 03:55 AM   #3
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Yeast? But the fermometer is on the outside of the carboy.

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:04 AM   #4
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I've heard if you get those guys wet enough that they will pull in the moisture. When that happens they usually end up ruined. Its never happened to me so I am only parroting what I've read.

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:08 AM   #5
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I ruined all mine this summer when I had to use a swamp bucket. It was either that or know how exactly hot my beer was fermenting... the bucket won. They're only a couple bucks a piece so I figure I'll just need to buy new ones once it cools down.

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I had the same thing happen to mine after I put my fermentor in a bath tub filled with water. The little color stripes turned gray and looked ruined. I transfered the beer a couple weeks ago and figured I'd just buy a new fermometer. Just took a look at it after seeing this thread. I still have a couple spots that look grey, but most of it is back to normal. It looks like it's reading the temperature correctly, so I guess it'll be ok.
Put your fermentor somewhere dry for a while and it may fix it. Worst case they don't cost much to replace.

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