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Old 06-22-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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not mention my fist AG ! i came down this morning to find my fermenting bucket floating in the swamp cooler, my spigot must be leaking and half the beer is now in the garbage bag floating (that was covering my bucket) in non sterilized water. its a sad day as this was my first AG brew and all had been going well....

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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tis a sad day indeed
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:11 AM   #3
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That is definitely a sad day....

But on the bright side, it means you have less beer on hand and have to brew again to make up the difference So you get another chance to brew and to try out your all-grain setup.
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:11 AM   #4
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i siphoned it into a different carboy to await the signs of infection.

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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keep your head and hopes held high.
you'll eventually get a good brew out of the situation!
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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+1 on good brew.

Infections are pretty hard to get, especially after fermentation. I know I was dry hopping and some hops hit the floor...i didnt want to miss out on the hoppy goodness and just chucked the floor ones in too. Came out fine
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:22 PM   #7
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Don't use a bucket with a spigot. I know you can but the one I have that I only use for bottleing... leaks too.

I just tell my gf she needs to fill the bottles faster so we lose less.

hahaha

Sorry to hear... but it should turn out ok and like ^ said... brew more.

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:00 PM   #8
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bummer man... onward and upward. at least you get to drink some of it.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:04 PM   #9
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i managed to save all 5 gallons but it will likely get infected. the swamp cooler water was not sanitized, the garbage bag was new and held all the leaking beer in, but the outside of my fermentation bucket was not clean either...thats the part i am worried about. it had only been fermenting for a few hours (went in the primary 12 hours earlier). i may have aerated it a lot getting it into the glass carboy too !

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:09 PM   #10
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Let us know how it turns out. It might end up being totally fine and a great RDWDAHB story.
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