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Old 12-31-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default water into my beer from my air lock.

I just had some water go from my air lock on my fermenting pale go down into my mixture, will this contaminate the beer, it was a small amount.

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Old 12-31-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Most of us use sanitizer in our airlocks, others use vodka for this reason. You should be fine, but in the future use a sanitizer or vodka.

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Was the water boiled/sterile? It should be fine... If not maybe okay but next time use starsan or cheap vodka... I use star san for this reason.

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Old 12-31-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Ok it was purified water not boiled down, when you guys say sanitizer do you mean the stuff I use to clean my jugs and tools?
Sorry for all the questions its my first time doing a batch.

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Old 12-31-2011, 06:34 PM   #5
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Ok it was purified water not boiled down, when you guys say sanitizer do you mean the stuff I use to clean my jugs and tools?
Sorry for all the questions its my first time doing a batch.
I mean the stuff you used AFTER you clean your jug and tools. "Clean first, sanitize after." Starsan, Iodophor, onestep.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:35 PM   #6
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99.9% sure you'll be fine.

If its actively fermenting, the yeast make it inhospitable for anything else, so even if it were contaminated, 1 drop in 5 gallons stands little chance of overtaking the yeast.

And yes, most of us use the stuff we use to sanitize jugs & tools - but it should be a no-rinse sanitizer like star-san, NOT bleach or a cleaning agent like oxy clean. Vodka or other neutral spirits also work quite well.

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Old 12-31-2011, 06:47 PM   #7
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Ok sounds good, it is still fermenting it is on day 3 of a possible 5.

Also my carboy is plastic will this matter.

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Nope, tons of people use plastic with great success.

One other thing you mentioned "still fermenting...on day 3 of a possible 5". Does that mean you intend to only let it ferment for 5 days? Let it go longer. 7-10 days minimum, but probably 2-4 weeks is what you should shoot for. Tons of threads on here explaining why.

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Old 12-31-2011, 08:35 PM   #9
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Yrs I am but after 3 to 5 I switch to another jug for 7 ya 10 days. I'm doing a festa brew kit.

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Old 12-31-2011, 08:43 PM   #10
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Never rack to secondary after only 3 to 5 days. That's usually when it stops bubbling. This only shows that initial fermentation is done,the vigorous part. But it's not done fermenting yet! It'll slowly ferment down to FG,then need 3-7 days to clean up by products (if any) & settle out more. Don't try to rush it,or believe those instruction sheet times. They're def way off.
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