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Old 10-25-2009, 05:17 AM   #1
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Okay, so I'm making a honey blonde ale. All is good, I hit over target gravity but that's okay, I pour 2.5 gallons of iodophor solution into the fermenter to sanitize it, and while it's chilling I stretch a paint strainer over the bucket to strain out the hops. I pour the cold wort in, then see the bucket is filling up way quicker than it should. Yes, I forgot to dump out the iodophor.

Crap. Is there anything I can do here? If I boil it back down from 7.5 gallons to 5, will that cook out the iodine? Or will it still be undrinkable either way? It was a cheap brew at least, but that amount of time sunk into mashing and boiling makes me cry if I have to throw it all away.

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Old 10-25-2009, 05:22 AM   #2
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I did this exact thing on the only batch I have ever done out of close to 300 batches that had to be dumped. There was always a harshness to it.

I almost never say this but you might just want to cut your losses in time and just dump it and move on.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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Some might say otherwise, but I totally go with dontman on this one. Definitely one of the veeeeery few times that you would dump a batch. Have a brew (or 5) and let 'er go.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:07 AM   #4
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Well I would toss it, unless of course you have nightmares about growing a humongous goiter that turns into another head and then eats the rest of your body.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:14 AM   #5
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hell dont listen to these guys send it over to me
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:00 PM   #6
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I took the advice and threw in the towel: after bringing it to a boil again then cooling it, still smelled like iodine. So I'll just be more careful in the future and maybe make up a quick extract batch this week or something to take its place if I get a chance.

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:17 PM   #7
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Poor beer never had a chance!! Sorry to hear about the misfortune. You could have named it IBA.....Iodine Blonde Ale!
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:30 PM   #8
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That'll teach ya for using more sanitizer than necessary. Then again, it probably wouldn't have been much better with only a gallon of iodaphor in there.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:48 PM   #9
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Sorry it's lost.

Iodine is a no rinse cleaner and you only need a couple of litres at the most for a carboy.

Iodine is a poison if you drink to much,

Outlook (Prognosis)

How well a patient does depends on the amount of poison swallowed and how quickly treatment was received. The faster a patient gets medical help, the better the chance for recovery.
Esophageal stricture is a possible complication. Death is possible, though unlikely.

from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002658.htm
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:15 PM   #10
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Yeah...when half your volume is poison....you can boil the snot out of it and still have half poisonous brew.
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