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Old 12-05-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Wort Chiller Water in my Beer

I was getting ready to cool a big old kettle of porter yesterday but one of the connections on my wort chiller was loose, and when I turned on the water a couple of seconds of the nasty stuff went right into my beer. I brought it back up to a slow boil for five minutes to try and kill and bad guys. Will that do it? Or am I screwed?

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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Leaking the cooling water into the wort at the end of the chill is the bad way to do it. You should be fine.

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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You should be fine since you brought it back up to a boil. Since the water leaked into hot wort, I assume much didn't get in the water. The hot wort should have been hot enough to have killed anything in that accidentally got in the pot.

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:51 PM   #4
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This happened to me once and the beer turned out just fine.

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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Absolutely nothing to worry about. Even if you didn't bring it back to a boil you would have been fine. Most beginner kits just tell you to add tap water if you need to top up after the boil. Pre-fermentation there is not a big concern with adding plain tap water.

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Old 12-05-2010, 05:00 PM   #6
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This happened to me once and the beer turned out just fine.
Same here. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:55 PM   #7
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I had that same thing happen to me last night, good to hear some positive reassurance. I did an Imperial IPA that was supposed to come out at 1.100 OG but it came out at1.075...If I gave you the recipe you think you could help me?

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Old 12-05-2010, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback - sounds like it's no big deal. Checked on it and it's bubbling away happy, so hopefully I have nothing to worry about.

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I had the same problem happen (loose connection on the chiller), however my wort had already cooled to about 100 deg. before I noticed -- beer turned out great contrary to me thinking i'd ruined it with dirty garden hose water. Nothing to worry about.

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:42 AM   #10
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No worries, its happened to me a couple of times.

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