New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermeneter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > No water in airlock




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2006, 03:29 AM   #1
AutoDisaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
Default No water in airlock

Hello Fellows

I have had a Coopers brand Stout made fermenting for 5 days, made from two cans of liquid malt extract without additional sugar. I have neglected to monitor it due to other activities and just discovered that I didn't have any water in the airlock.

It has been maintained at around 20 degrees celcius (go the metric system!). The SG has gone down from 1054 to 1028 over that period. It tastes okay, similar to previous batches, and looks normal - no visible signs of infection.

Does anyone have any knowledge or opinions about the effects of not having a secure airlock?

Cheers

Alex Mortlock



__________________
AutoDisaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2006, 03:44 AM   #2
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,238
Liked 70 Times on 62 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AutoDisaster
Does anyone have any knowledge or opinions about the effects of not having a secure airlock?
You run a higher risk of getting an infection, but it sounds like your beer is fine. If you were able to drink some and it tasted ok, it's not infected.

-walker


__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2006, 03:48 AM   #3
disaffected
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 829
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I don't have direct knowledge, but I can surmise (ok, call it opinion, nay, call it a guess). You are probably OK if you had the water lock on. Yes, you were open to the air. But, it wasn't a straight path to the outside, and bacteria wouldn't have crawled through the convolutions of your dry water lock.

See Figure 4 about Louis Pasteur's experiments to settle the question of spontaneous generation.

__________________
disaffected is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2006, 06:24 AM   #4
MrEcted1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Colorado
Posts: 170
Default

Ah, you'll be fine.

__________________

Primary: Porter Potty (oaked porter)
Secondary:
Bottled:
Bottled (Drinking):
Next: IIPA

last batch review(Schwheat (wheat))

Appear: 3.5/5.
Mouthfeel: 3.5/5
Carb/Head: 3/5
Taste: 2.5/5
Overall: 3/5

An overall decent beer but it has too much of a banana character, I think it's because of fermenting at too high of a temp. Tasted better as it aged, but far from perfect.

MrEcted1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2006, 07:26 AM   #5
AutoDisaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
Default

Thanks for the feedback comrades.

Alex.



__________________
AutoDisaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
my airlock water evaporated? jigidyjim Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-06-2009 07:41 PM
Water or Vodka for Airlock? Fadeux Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 36 12-06-2008 09:23 AM
Apfelwein - airlock water to low BEER_4_BREAKFAST Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 12-03-2008 01:43 AM
Tap water in the airlock? 85 Haro Designs Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-08-2008 05:43 PM
airlock - vodka vs water nanoBrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 08-26-2006 12:27 AM