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Old 08-06-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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I got 2nd degree burns last night on my upper leg / pelvis from boiling water I had "sealed" in my bucket, but the pressure was too much so the water leaked onto me, which really sucks and I have skin blisters, broken skin, etc.

Based on this experience, I conclude that my bucket lid will allow pressure out just fine. So I left my IPA in the bucket with the lid on nearly as tight as when this happened to me, hoping it does not explode over the weekend while I am away. Just in case, I put it underneath a protective sheet so the explosion won't mean my poor beer is truly exposed to the elements.

The vessel is a 25L Young's fermentation vessel, and there are about 19 liters of wort in there.

When I get home 2.5 days later, will I be facing a sea of IPA all over my apartment, or will a somewhat leaky lid solve this problem?


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Old 08-06-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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And, I just answered my question by finally reading a japanese language description of the bucket. I couldn't find this anywhere online in English:
http://www.amy.hi-ho.ne.jp/brew/equi...html#fermenter

It says the bucket is DESIGNED to let gas out, so I don't need an airlock. Screams of pain from last night / happy my apartment will not explode in my absence.


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Old 08-06-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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I'm really sorry about your burns.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the sympathies.

I have to figure out some way to avoid this in the future... maybe switch to a sanitizer I would be comfortable not rinsing afterward with boiled water, or cool off the water before rinsing.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 PM   #5
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I always drink too much on brew days and would never trust myself with having to move boiling liquid around. Hell, I almost burn myself during hop additions!

A good soft sponge and soap cleaning followed by a starsan soak is all I do and I haven't had any infections since I started that routine.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your burns. Hope they heal up to 100% quickly.

What kind of sanitizer were you using that you had to use boiling water?
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Originally Posted by afsjoiwejio View Post
Thanks for the sympathies.

I have to figure out some way to avoid this in the future... maybe switch to a sanitizer I would be comfortable not rinsing afterward with boiled water, or cool off the water before rinsing.
I use StarSan as a sanitizer and have no concerns about rinsing afterwards. I wouldn't transfer very hot water to a plastic vessel because I don't like moving boiling liquids around (for reasons you understand very well right now) and also because you can damage the fermenter. Hit it with a StarSan solution, cool it before transferring to your fermenter, no more skin grafts.

Hope your wounds recover well dude!


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