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Old 10-04-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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I was in the middle of brewing when I was called into work(law enforcement) and had to put on hold. I had just flamed out. I chilled the wort and covered.
8 hours later ( midnight) I returned to transfer into primary. I pitched my yeast slurry and called in a night. 24 hrs later I went to check on airlock activity and found that I had forgot to add the vodka to the airlock.

I'm hoping it doesn'r effect the batch. Any thoughts?


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Old 10-04-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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I am no expert but...co2 leaks out. Unless you have a horde of fruit flies inside the fermenter, I would put money that you end up with good beer. Many places have or do "open fermentation" leaving the beer exposed on the top the entire time.

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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You will likely be fine. The off-gasing of CO2 will create a nice protective blanket against the outside air. They don't call it "open fermentation" for nothing

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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The airlock isn't that big of a deal since your beer is going to be off gassing during fermentation and oxygen isn't a bad thing in the beginning. The 8 hours is the scary part. At this point you'll just have to wait and see. It'll probably be fine.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:35 PM   #5
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As long as the sanitation in the rest of the process was good, I wouldn't worry at all.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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You're fine. Many people do similar things. Wort and Yeast are extremely hardy and it's much more difficult to get an infection or some sort than you would think.
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Our beer is pretty resiliant, it can take a lot. I think the fact that you covered it was a smart thing.

Plus I'm pretty sure you get some good karma brewing points for doing your job.
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I don't worry to much, Even bad homebrew is still better then store bought.

It was an all grain wheat, It should be fine. If not, I know how to make more.

Thanks for the responses.
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From what little I know -- Airlocks are just a modern gadget that's fun to watch. Beer has been brewed for centuries without them.
A layer of CO2 and good Karma is all ya need
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From what little I know -- Airlocks are just a modern gadget that's fun to watch. Beer has been brewed for centuries without them.
A layer of CO2 and good Karma is all ya need
if you're making a lambic, this is true. but that 24 hours, yes, it developed plenty of counter-pressure, and forced off all oxygen. happy drinking, and thanks for protecting us, ossifer. and really, i've only had 2


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