Well after a long day of brewing my batch of German Lager/Pilsner is in the bucket fermenting in my closet. After I sealed the top to the bucket, I was pushing the airlock in and POP! the rubber gasket fell into the Wort!
After my intial astonishment (and some choice words) I fished it out on the first try with my sterilized spoon. I ran some of my sanitizing water over the inside of the lid as part of sanitiation so should be good there I hope!
I used Saflager yeast which was included with the recipe. I know it is a bottom fermenting lager yeast that needs cool temps. After I placed the bucket in the closet, the thermometer stuck to the outside reads 64 degrees. Will fermentation start at that temp, and I am sure once it does start, that will be a nice temp for the yeast.
Last thing! My brewpot had some brown gunk on the bottom, I thought was burned, but I was able to rub it off with a finger. I suppose that is normal?
Sorry to throw the noob/paranoia questions at you again!