Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First Batch Question

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-17-2005, 11:59 PM   #1
BernieBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 15
Default First Batch Question

So I'm brewing my first batch. On Friday I brewed and put the beer into the primary fermenter. I put the fermenter into the basement where its cooler. Everything was looking good, by the morning the fermentation lock was bubbling, and I thought things were going well. About 15-16 hours into fermentation the thing stopped bubbling. I then noticed that when the fermentation lock was originally inserted into the pail, the rubber seal around the lock pushed through and must be now in the beer. So my questions are two fold. Is my yeast dead or do you think the CO2 is leaking around the fermentation lock? and do you think the beer is contaminated since the seal around the lock is clearly not air tight? I'm kinda stuck, I don't know whether I should continue on with this batch or start over. Thanks for your advice.

__________________
BernieBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2005, 12:36 AM   #2
SwAMi75
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SwAMi75's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Midwest City, OK
Posts: 2,492
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Do you have a secondary fermenter? If so, and if I were you, I think I'd go ahead and rack it to secondary. It sounds to me like your primary is pretty much done, and it should be able to finish out in secondary.

Even if you don't have something like a carboy, use your bottling bucket. Sanitize the lid from your primary and your airlock, and put them on your bottling bucket.

Best of luck!

__________________
May you go marching in three-measure time
Dressed up as asses, drunk to the nines
Swing from the rafters, shouting those songs
Gone unsung for far too long

SwAMi75 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2005, 02:07 AM   #3
Sasquatch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Sasquatch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 540
Default

The beer is probably fine... if it was fermenting steadily, the slight positive pressure of the co2 will have kept things clean. I agree with Sam... go ahead and transfer the beer into an airlocked carboy or something and let it sit a couple weeks. Always continue the batch. You can prove it's bad in two months after bottling... but you sure don't want to throw out a whole batch of beer that's probably fine.

__________________

Primary: Lager

Secondary: Sangiovese, Honey Nut Brown, some Pilsner/ale kinda thing that just won't quit...

Bottled:
Tar Sands Porter, Special Dark Bitter,Oaky Red ale, Hammer & Tongs Black Ale, Black Draught, Cooper's Bitter, Baron's Pilsner
Super Saazy Saaz Pilsner Saaz (It's a little green, yet)

Sasquatch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
cygnus128
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 51
Default

Agreed. Your scenario is not much different than if you were using a blow off hose rather than an airlock for primary. Beer should be fine.

__________________
cygnus128 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2005, 03:45 AM   #5
BernieBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 15
Default Thanks

Thanks for the advice, I moved the beer to the carboy tonight, everything looks and smells good.

__________________
BernieBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Batch Question Crimedog All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 3 03-28-2009 07:25 PM
Second Batch question pylot135 Extract Brewing 3 07-25-2008 12:44 PM
IPA first ever batch question? help digg Extract Brewing 7 07-02-2008 12:44 AM
First Batch O.G question.. NoneRequired Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-18-2008 11:33 PM
First Batch Question Ryno09 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 01-19-2006 10:18 PM