Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Have I just ruined my brew?
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-02-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 10
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Have I just ruined my brew?

My beer is in a pressure barrel and was holding good pressure, pouring a lovely pint with a good head.

Now I'm about a 3rd way down the barrel and the flow wasn't anywhere near a high as the first few, so I decided it was time to inject some co2.

I screwed on the bulb but when it pierced - the co2 didnt inject into the barrel. I tightened further and still nothing, then some started to escape from the bulb at the top. When I unscrewed all the co2 came out, and none into the barrel

I was hoping some had made it into the barrel and tried the tap to pour off a little bit into a glass.

There was still no pressure and the tap drew some air up into barrel!! Ahhhh!

I'm guessing I have a faulty / blocked injector cap?

And long do I have to drink the beer before it is ruined due to air bit introduced?

waltonburger is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2014, 06:24 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,552
Liked 368 Times on 320 Posts
Likes Given: 171


It sounds like a faulty/blocked injector cap might be issue, as you mentioned. The other possibility is that the pressure in the barrel was equal or greater than the little bulb could push. You might have tried pouring a glass with the bulb still screwed in to the injector.

IMO, a little bit of air is not a problem, especially if you still have any yeast living in the barrel. Any living yeast should quickly absorb any oxygen that was introduced. But definitely try to keep the tap-air-uptake to a minimum.

Figure our the injector issue, and try again.

If you filled the entire headspace with air (which you didn't) I would venture a guess that you had 2-3 weeks to finish it up, but that's a total guess.

:: St. Pug ::
stpug is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first brew is ruined!! timduncan200021 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 52 02-24-2013 06:53 PM
Brew Pot Ruined ETCS General Chit Chat 25 12-31-2011 12:53 AM
Is my first brew ruined? BootLegginBrews Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 01-06-2011 12:34 AM
Is my brew ruined? DaveNay Fermentation & Yeast 10 07-15-2010 03:17 AM
is my first brew ruined biggyj1982 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 06-01-2008 05:12 PM

Newest Threads