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Old 02-26-2011, 02:18 PM   #11
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There are glass shards in that beer. The beads used for weight in the hydrometer may also be made of lead. There's a lot of liability involved if you let anyone else drink that beer. I say dump it, chalk it up to experience, and move on to the next batch.

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:20 PM   #12
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ya i think you are right maby i will do that strain when transfering to another carboy to mix with my priming sugar befor i bottle i think most of the glass would have settled and i can just keep my racking cane high enough and not wory about the last inch or so. have of the hydrometer ended up on my floor anyway. and i was gearing up for another brew day today. maby i still will in addition to this one

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:21 PM   #13
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the weight part of the hydrometer was intact and on my floor, but thats a good point too

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:22 PM   #14
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Glass shards can easily be strained out. And the beads in a hydrometer are packed down and sealed off, they are not loose. And from what I gather from the post the bulk of the hydrometer, and I am assuming the bottom half he was able to recover.

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:26 PM   #15
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That paper and ink will be inconsequential in 5 gallons of beer. Strain it out, let it ferment, give it a good crash cool (or not) and you will be fine in my opinion. Just my opinion, I am not responsible for any potential calls to poison control! But seriously, I would drink it.
I totally agree. I would get one of those super fine mesh hop bags and tie that on to the end of my siphon hose and rack it to a bucket to filter out the foriegn material.

If you dont drink it I will.
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This is one occasion where I would suggest a secondary.

Here's why:

Strain the beer in a few weeks when you rack to secondary...and again a few weeks later when you rack it to your bottle bucket.

You can get yourself some paint strainer bags from Home Depot or Lowe's. OR use a muslin hopsock/grain bag at the end of your autosiphon.


I did this 2 batches ago with a broken thermometer and the beer is ok now. Although I did see all manner of glass, etc in the trub.

I'd just suggest you leave about 1-2" of beer above the trub (both times) to be sure you don't risk sucking up any shards small enough to pass through the mesh bag.

You'll waste a few pints, but not the batch.

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Glass shards can easily be strained out. And the beads in a hydrometer are packed down and sealed off, they are not loose. And from what I gather from the post the bulk of the hydrometer, and I am assuming the bottom half he was able to recover.
WHAT?@? Strain out glass shards? That's silly in my opinion.

I'm not one for dumping out beer, but risking a friend getting a tiny glass shard in their throat is crazy! Even if you used a fine mesh strainer and strained the beer (oxidizing it like heck and hence ruining it), do you really think it's a good idea to take the chance?

I'd consider it a lesson well learned, and toss the batch. It'd be worth the $30 for the ingredients just to not have to worry about glass shards in every bottle!
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WHAT?@? Strain out glass shards? That's silly in my opinion.

I'm not one for dumping out beer, but risking a friend getting a tiny glass shard in their throat is crazy! Even if you used a fine mesh strainer and strained the beer (oxidizing it like heck and hence ruining it), do you really think it's a good idea to take the chance?

I'd consider it a lesson well learned, and toss the batch. It'd be worth the $30 for the ingredients just to not have to worry about glass shards in every bottle!
Folks have an irrational fear over broken glass. If strained through fine mesh, there is no risk from drinking it.
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Folks have an irrational fear over broken glass. If strained through fine mesh, there is no risk from drinking it.
I'll have to trust you on that! But straining a beer through fine mesh would cause oxidation and ruin the beer anyway in my opinion.

Obviously we can disagree, no worries!
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Folks have an irrational fear over broken glass. If strained through fine mesh, there is no risk from drinking it.
fear of your own shadow: irrational.
fear of drinking glass: not so much
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