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Old 02-26-2011, 05:31 PM   #21
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(not dissagreeing about the mesh thing, i dont know. just about the fear part )

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Old 02-26-2011, 05:31 PM   #22
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Don't dump it.....its beer....ya don't just dump beer... well for this reason any way. rack it and strain it a couple times and you'll be fine.

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Old 02-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #23
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Actually, you don't really even need the mesh since you have gravity on your side. Glass doesn't float. As long as you don't go after the last little bit at the bottom you should be fine.

I'm used to dealing with 0-G stuff at work where I would be very concerned about glass. However, we haven't tried home-brew on ISS yet.

BTW: From what I hear, carbonation is really hard on the stomach on-orbit.

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:38 PM   #24
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glass shard ale...none for me thanks.

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Old 02-27-2011, 01:20 AM   #25
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haha glass ale, well its still fermenting i think i will rack to secondary and strain it and leave a few inches at the bottom that way il still get some beer and get to see how it turns out, im not scared, i think il be drinking this by myself though. picked up some ingredients today and a new hydrometer and will be brewing an oatmeal stout tomorrow, and maby do a cider this week too, im thinking somthin similar to the graff recipe maby

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Old 02-27-2011, 01:36 AM   #26
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But straining a beer through fine mesh would cause oxidation and ruin the beer anyway in my opinion.
Not saying the mesh strainer is a great idea for getting out the glass, but, wouldn't putting the mesh over the end of the cane that goes into the wort avoid oxidation?!?!? If not, it's possible, I have completely misunderstood oxidation to this point!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:43 AM   #27
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The piece of paper that came with my hydrometer specifically states the ballast weight is made from stainless steel and should pose no risk if it were to come in contact with my serving liquids.

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:02 AM   #28
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thats good, il check the label on mine i just picked up another one today

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:36 AM   #29
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Your beer is not ruined. I would not dump this beer. Some measure might need to be taken that otherwise shouldnt, but I wouldnt give up on it. My only real concern from your post is the glass that could potentially be in the beer. Why not just strain it when transferring to bottling bucket/keg? I have a strainer that is fine enough that no glass would get through. Yes would would be introducing oxygen to the beer, but at least you would HAVE beer! Not a terrible mistake in my opinion. Drink it fast and I doubt you see any ill effects.
Dude, there are shards of glass in that beer. There is no way in hell I would risk drinking glass shards for anything.

Small/very sharp shards can go through strainers and even get stirred up and float around with just a little agitation.

Not worth it IMO.
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Just put a label on each bottle that says, "Drink at your own risk". Maybe call it Red Flag and put pictures of red flags with glass shards diagrammed on the flags. Sounds like an instant hit with the lifeguards.

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