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Old 11-13-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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I've got a sweet stout that is in the middle of high krausen right now. I just noticed that there is a slight leak in the gasket of my bucket fermenter, causing a small amount of wort to seep out. I imagine this is a superhighway for contamination.

My original plan was to leave it in the fermenter until it was ready to bottle, but now I'm worried about something getting in through the leak. At this point, would it be better to rack to another vessel or just risk contamination?

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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I've got a sweet stout that is in the middle of high krausen right now. I just noticed that there is a slight leak in the gasket of my bucket fermenter, causing a small amount of wort to seep out. I imagine this is a superhighway for contamination.

My original plan was to leave it in the fermenter until it was ready to bottle, but now I'm worried about something getting in through the leak. At this point, would it be better to rack to another vessel or just risk contamination?
From what I have learned, it is best to leave it as is. During the aggressive fermentation phase the pressure from the co2 pretty much keeps everything out of the bucket. I have read this many times when a bucket or carboy blows its top and people are concerned about infection. You many want to let it finish in the primary then move it to secondary so nothing gets in when it is less active.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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I wouldn't even rack it at all

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Don't touch it, it will be fine. Like the folks said when your ready to throw it in a secondary would be the time.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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Agreed. Clean up the outside to keep the fly's away, but other than that, I would leave it alone. if you are planning to age it for over a week, then maybe rack it when fermentation is complete.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Yep, I'd leave it. I had a crack that developed at the airlock hole in one of my bucket lids and extended about 3/8" from the hole- a lot of the crack was definitely not covered by the O-ring. I did 3 or 4 brews in it before I finally replaced the lid. No problems at all. As stated above, the CO2 should keep everything out, and by the time that CO2 blanket might dissipate, you should have enough alcohol content in there to stave off any potential nasties that might happen to find their way through that tiny crack. Moving the beer probably presents more risk than leaving it as is.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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Reading my original post again, I realized I left out some important info. The leak is on the spigot of the bucket, not on the lid.

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Are you fermenting in a bottling bucket? How bad is the leak? I would rack it out of a leaking bucket as soon as primary fermentation is done just for the fear of l
constantly losing beer.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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The leak is very slight. A small amount of wort seeps out and then dries. At this point beer loss isn't a concern, assuming it doesn't get worse.

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Reading my original post again, I realized I left out some important info. The leak is on the spigot of the bucket, not on the lid.
Is is pissing out beer? If not i wouldnt worry about it for this batch but would definitely replace it after next batch
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