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Old 06-08-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default What will spit do to my beer?

I just bottled my first batch of brew yesterday and everything seemed to be going great until it came time to syphon it into my bottling bucket. What happened is I had never done a syphon before and had no idea what I was doing. I tried filling the hose with water, dropping one end in the beer and the other in the bucket, but I wasn't quick enough and the syphon failed. To make a long story short I left the beer end of the hose in the beer so as not to eff it up there and sucked on the hose to create the syphon. Now, I didn't want to do this but the scene quickly turned into a frenzy and I done did it. But here's the thing, I got sprayed in the face when I let go of the the hose which surprised me, and I accidently spit some beer right into my bottling bucket. I was very disappointed in myself but I'm still holding on to some hope that I haven't completly fouled my beer. It's a silly but simple mistake and I figure other people may have one way or another spit into their unfinished beer. if it makes any difference i rinsed my mouth out with water first and the beer I spit back was not in there for long. Will my whole batch be sour or could it just spice my beer up some?

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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It will mean more beer for you because no one will want to drink it.

I've had the same thing happen before and it's turned out just fine. Don't worry about it.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Nasty bacteria.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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Make sure you tell this to everyone who wants one of your beers. As described above, more beer for you.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:32 PM   #5
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I'm kinda surprised no one has posted this yet, but...

Get an auto siphon - this is the best low end investment you can make for homebrewing.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestion BruDaddy. It'll go at the top of my list of Brewing Needs.

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Just call it Backwash brew and enjoy it.

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It depends upon whose spit it is...

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This is a funny thread here. Reminds me of the time that I was brewing with a friend. he had his 4yr old daughter over to my house and she had a cold. We were just about ready to pitch yeast when the daughter came in and did a big sneeze right into the cooled wort.

We called it Samantha's wicked sick ale. It was one of our best brews yet.

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Old 06-08-2009, 06:40 PM   #10
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In ancient times, spit was used to add enzymes to the mash to convert starches to sugars. Seriously.

Caveman ale...sounds like fun!

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