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Old 10-10-2005, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hi, I was brewing tonight and I use a paperclip to hold the funnel off the rim of the carboy so the air can escape... anyway the damn thing (paperclip) fell into the brew. Should I bother fishing for it or leave it there for the week until I rack to 2ndary?

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Old 10-10-2005, 02:59 AM   #2
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I almost would say leave it in there but I just thought of an ideal way to remove it. If you can find a strong enough magnet, use the magnet on the outside of the glass to attract the clip and hopefully you can drag the clip via the magnet close enough to top of the carboy to grab hold of it.

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Old 10-10-2005, 03:06 AM   #3
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you didnt clean your ear wax out with it first did you?

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Old 10-10-2005, 03:41 AM   #4
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Are paper clips fermentable?

Either way, I'd keep it quiet. If the reinheinsgebot police find out, you're days are numbered. Can you say "Fresh Fish"???

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Old 10-10-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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Id remove it. i dont know how quickly paper clips rust.

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Old 10-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #6
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Id remove it. i dont know how quickly paper clips rust.
Can't rust without oxygen...I'd leave it unless the magnet trick works.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:32 PM   #7
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Can't rust without oxygen...I'd leave it unless the magnet trick works.
AH, didnt know that.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:40 PM   #8
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Can't rust without oxygen...I'd leave it unless the magnet trick works.
If you aerated the wort (which I'm sure you did), there is oxygen in it. It will rust.

However... don't worry about it. Things that rust are made of iron. Iron is good for you, and no paper clip is going to rust so much as to affect the flavor of 5 gallons of beer.

Just leave it alone... my opinion.

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Old 10-10-2005, 07:01 PM   #9
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Unless you can easily remove it via the magnet method, don't worry about it. Any other efforts to remove it would probably present a larger contamination risk then the paperclip itself.

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Old 10-10-2005, 07:23 PM   #10
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If you are on city water, you probably have more rust in your tap than you would in 5G w/ a paperclip in it..

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