Originally Posted by TRainH2o
It's me again.
I have my first brew in the primary for 2 1/2 weeks now. I have been very patient and have left it in the primary with the intent to keg it. My problem is that I forgot to order the socket and new o-rings for my kegs. They will be here next Wednesday but I so want to try my ale.
I have plenty of good micro brew here but I would like to try mine. How much damage will I do if I dip a sanitized cup into my primary and then reseal the bucket until my supplies get here? My biggest concern is the oxygen that will be introduced.
Am I safe in doing this or should I just stick it out?
As long as you are doing it in as sanitary manner as possible, not only would I not discourage your practice. For the first few beers I would condone it! This is how you get to learn for future reference. Taste goes a long way to understanding what is happening with your beer, so taste it whenever you get the opportunity. Hydro samples, bottling/kegging stages, it's all education.