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phidelt844 05-23-2011 08:36 PM

How likely is an infection to occur at high krausen?
Last night I stumbled in to my brew room after waking up in the middle of the night to let the dog out and noticed I had krausen flowing out of my airlock on day 2 of fermentation. In my sleepy haze I grabbed the nearest tube around and fitted a blowoff. This morning I realized that the tube that I had attached unsanitized was the same I use for draining the wort from my mash tun. I believe unboiled grains can easily cause a lacto infection, and I'm guessing simply rinsing the tube with hot water after use on brew day was not enough to clear out any nasties. I may be being paranoid here, but is it difficult to infect a beer at high krausen due to the yeast activity or is it really no different than after fermentation has slowed down? Thanks!

unionrdr 05-23-2011 08:42 PM

Since you rinsed it with hot water,I think you're ok. Besides,even at high krausen,co2 is being produced,as is alcohol. You should be fine,since it dumping out,not in.

IrregularPulse 05-23-2011 08:43 PM

I wouldn't worry. Like unionrdr said, the fermenting beer is pushing stuff out. I'd remove it sanitize it when you get home, but I wouldn't worry.

liebertron 05-23-2011 08:48 PM

in my experience, its WAY harder to actually infect your beer than many people make it out to be

DannyD 08-22-2011 06:43 AM

But when does beer get infected? after boiling, cooling, after fementation?

I had a incident with cooling wort (wort...kid...bath water....)so a little cold bath water fell in the cooling wort? pitched slurry and fermentation started very soon after......

dutchoven 08-22-2011 07:07 AM

You're probably fine, at high krausen, the yeast will be pushing out quite a bit of CO2. I would, however, replace the blow off tube with a sanitized tube when you get a chance.

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