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Old 06-28-2009, 01:44 AM   #1
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So my airlock was way bubbling over and i went to take it out and in the process my airlock rubber ring stopper pulled itself into the bucket where my Jacksnap IPA is in its first day of fermenting.. I could not find the ring as i searched for a second with a sanitized spoon.. So i got two plastic rings that are for sinks.. and put one the top side of the lid and one on the bottom side.. to try to make it as airtight as possible with some tape.. makeshift as could be..
so here are my options... since my homebrew store is closed till tuesday..
1) leave it as is.. might work might not tried to make it as air tight as possible..
2) take the top off again for the 3rd time.. and search for that ring...
3) hope my beer is not screwed and wait till monday... possibly tuesday..
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:45 AM   #2
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Option 4?

Sanitize some aluminum foil and stick it over the opening. It'll be fine. Just make sure it's not too tight so the co2 can escape.

Option 5?

Take your racking tubing, sanitize it and stick one end in the hole and the other end in a pitcher of water. That's called a blow off tube, and works fine.

That happened to me the first time I made a 5 gallon batch, and the grommit plopped right into the hole. I stuck some duct tape around the opening, to hold the airlock up, and it worked fine.

It really doesn't matter too much, to be honest. Just as long as you don't let fruitflies crawl into it, any option that involves leaving it alone for the most part will work. Don't go fishing it out or digging in the beer.

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:46 AM   #3
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Shoot, most of us have done that. Well, maybe not the jerry-rigging you tried with the tape and such. I hope you sanitized it. Otherwise, leave it alone and you'll be fine.

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:48 AM   #4
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Option 1.

Your beer is fine. During fermentation, the yeast will produce CO2 that will protect it, and as long as the fermenter is closed and sealed (which you did... doesn't have to be airtight), then the beer will be just fine.

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:51 AM   #5
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interested in option 4 what is that all about?
yea i sanitized the rings.. i can get a replacement top on tuesday.. i wasn't to worried cause i figured the monks did it openly for hundreds of years what does it matter if mine has some air for a day or two.. i was going to super glue the top to make it super snug.. would that have been over board?

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:52 AM   #6
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This is how I ruined my last IPA

Stopper fell in and next day mold..

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Not the greatest answer i wanted to see Tiako.. but a reality.. i came too expect happens some times

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This is how I ruined my last IPA

Stopper fell in and next day mold..
Bah. I think something else in your sanitizing process fell through the cracks. That's awful quick for mold to form enough to recognize it.
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Not the greatest answer i wanted to see Tiako.. but a reality.. i came too expect happens some times
I've brewed over 250 batches. Never had an infection yet. I've dropped the grommet on one of my first batches, forgot to sanitize some items, used tap water, etc. Beer is pretty resilient.

As long as fruitflies and that kind of stuff can't get in there, you're all set. When I was a paramedic in the early 80s, we used something called a "flutter valve" on sucking chest wounds. Basically, it's a one way valve to let air out, but nothing else in. You can do it with foil or even plastic wrap. Sanitize it, and then tape down three sides (but not too tight) on the top of the fermenter. The co2 can escape, but no bugs can crawl in.

If it was me, I'd just go with leaving it alone and keep it the way you have it.
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Sounds good that is what i figured just leaving it alone.. Should i even bother with buying a new lid with a new grommet.. to replace when i set up my dry hopping portion of the process?

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