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Old 01-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #11
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I remember years ago knocking a pair of scissors (that I had soaked in idophor) into my primary (pre-carboy days) and without thinking reached in and grabbed them ..I was convinced the beer was going to be ruined but I let it ride....came out fine. As others have said - don't worry about it. Keep an eye on it and unless you see some nasties growing in it, you are probably fine!

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #12
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Do you have mold growing on your arm or some festering wound? If not, your chances of infection are pretty low.

Im not saying we should be lazy in our sanitation practices because we shouldnt. We make a product people intend to ingest and should take strong precautions against bacteria but the reality is the chances of infection on any given batch are fairly slim.

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:34 PM   #13
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Thanks again all. I guess I shouldn't let this stress me out. I am brewing Northern Brewer's Dead Ringer IPA, when I contacted them to ask about primary fermentation the representative said to transfer it to the secondary in 1 week. Is that a good suggested time frame?

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:20 PM   #14
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1 week seems fairly short to me, and the necessity of transferring to a secondary is debateable, but since you're a newbie brewer and following a kit I'd say follow their directions. Companies like NB and Midwest put time into their kits, and give you directions that ultimately end with a good beer.

It'll give you a nice introduction to brewing procedure, at least.

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:47 PM   #15
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I'd wait at least 10-11 days indeed... Whatever what the kit says...

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Old 01-23-2013, 04:24 PM   #16
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I wouldn't transfer to secondary at all, give it 3 weeks in primary and bottle. If you really want to secondary then as atreid says, wait 10 -11 days. You want primary fermentation done first.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:31 AM   #17
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The kit says 1-2 weeks for the primary fermentation, 2-4 weeks for secondary fermentation. Then it says to dry hop 1-2 weeks before bottling. I have it in the basement where the temps are ~65-66 degrees.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:51 AM   #18
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First batch I stuck my arm in the water for some reason, can't remember why, just remember the oh crap moment. No infection but I hope I don't do it again.

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@ cathead you will, trust me

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:05 AM   #20
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You guys make me feel better about doing a bonehead move!

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