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Old 06-06-2008, 02:48 AM   #1
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I was so happy to be almost finished my first homebrew when my floating thermometer broke. It happened as I put my wort cooler into the kettle. The glass tip broke and some little black balls came out into my beer.

I filtered thru a strainer, and I'm not concerned about glass. I'm concerned about getting sick from mercury or whatever is in the thermometer. Do I need to discard 5 gallons of beer? What would you do? I need some feedback.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:51 AM   #2
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If it's a mercury thermometer, I would toss it in a second. That stuff can kill you.

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if it's a new thermometer (especially foodgrade) chances are there is no mercury in it. That being said, if it was a mercury thermometer then don't taste the wort, find out where your local mercury recycler is (most cities have one that will accept small quantities from individuals) and take it to them. Don't dump down a drain! A minute ammount of mercury will contaminate a very large area.
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mercury is actually edible, however, the vapors affect your nervous system in a very bad way

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If they're little black balls, though, they are not mercury. Mercury is a silvery liquid. Most thermometers are not mercury.

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what a heartbreaker. i think those balls are coated with lead. not sure.

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This is the one I broke.
http://morebeer.com/view_product/18683//Thermometer_-_Floating

After doing some reading, I found that food grade thermometers don't contain mercury, they use alcohol and red dye. Mercury thermometers are silver in color.

I also found this thread where it happened to someone else.
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/976065

I'm feeling a little better now.

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How much was the kit you brewed? Seriously, I will spot you the money for the kit if you want. Don't drink something you broke any kind of glass in.

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It was probably alcohol. Just toss it. Even if it was ethanol, I still wouldn't chance the glass.

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How much was the kit you brewed? Seriously, I will spot you the money for the kit if you want. Don't drink something you broke any kind of glass in.
Whoops! I just broke a thermometer in my wort also.
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