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Old 03-12-2013, 01:44 AM   #11
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Keep it going, it can't hurt anything and there is a decent chance it will turn out just fine.



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Old 03-12-2013, 01:48 AM   #12
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thanks for the fast, encouraging replies. I just got back from home depot and, no, they don't sell anything like the plastic spigot i got at LHBS. But, they had some 3/4 pvc pieces i think will work. Gonna try it out now...like most said, might as well keep it til bottling...good experiment if nothing else.



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Old 03-12-2013, 02:24 AM   #13
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Well, I'm right at 4 gallons, plus a few inches of foam from all the splashing around.

I have a 3/4 inch hole a few inches from the bottom of the bucket, so I found a 3/4 PVC cap with female threads and a wide enough edge to seat a gasket.

That was the biggest problem I had searching the plumbing (and gardening) section of home depot: every time i thought i had something that would work, i realized that it didn't have enough of a lip to make a tight seal with the gasket.

I also found another 3/4 "plug" with male threads, that barely had enough lip to hold a gasket. I stuck the plug in from the outside of the bucket (with a gasket), put a gasket on it from the inside, then tightened the cap on it until it was snug on the inside. On the outside, its not really seated flush all the way around, but its tight enough to hold it and its not leaking.

I'm going to leave it for 3 weeks and see what happens. I'll post updates if anything interesting happens. I'm hoping there's enough yeast floating around that it doesn't need repitching, but if I don't see airlock activity by tomorrow night, I'll repitch.

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:25 AM   #14
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Doubtless a lot worse sh*t happened to beer hundreds of years ago and they still got beer and did not die...Roll with it, and call it Catastrophe Ale...

My wife wanted me to throw in this part...

We currently have 17 dogs, 4 cats, a horse and both of us handle countless other critters from hamsters to ferrets, lizards, snakes and birds...We have yet to have a problem with that. We are careful and conscious of the environment, but there is absolutely no way we could keep all the bugs from coming in contact with our beer, mead, and cider...yet it still comes out great.

Use your common sense, you must have some being a homebrewer, and roll with it

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:42 AM   #15
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lol, we have 2 cats, a dog and a horse...i'm pretty sure every batch i've made has had a little cat hair in it, but i've never had a problem. I started out overly cautious about sanitation and have realized that I can relax a little with each batch. So, i'm gonna roll with it, but I've never let a batch get exposed like this before. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:42 AM   #16
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I bet it'll be fine... just make sure you tell the story about how you reached your arm down in the beer right after your friends finish their beer.

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Well, I left it alone for 3 weeks in primary, opened it on 3/30 and it smelled like every other beer and no weird stuff floating on top. I transferred to a bottling bucket, tasted it and it seemed fine, so I bottled it up. Another week or two, I'll give it a taste and post again.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #18
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The same thing happened to me years ago. I wound up discarding that batch, couldn't save it the way you did. Never used a spigot since.

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Just started drinking it, its fine.



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