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Old 04-24-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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Ok, I did my first AG yesterday of a Fat Tire clone. Everything went pretty well until after I
bottled the wort into my carboy. When I was installing the airlock I accidentally pushed the
rubber stopper to far in that it fell into the glass carboy. I made several furious attempts to remove
it with a sanitized hanger to no avail.

So, I finally gave up on trying to retrieve the stopper (which was sanitized too) and let it be. I did get the stopper up to the neck of the 6.5 gallon carboy and then even tried to pull through with un-sanitized needle nose pliers (I hope this did not contaminate my batch.)

I went ahead and pushed a second stopper into the neck of the carboy along with the airlock but
noticed today that is was shoved in too far and air was probably leaking out so I adjusted and now it is bubbling about every 4 seconds and krausen has started to form on the top.

Is my batch ruined? Should I wait 10 or so days and take a sample to see or should I just dump and start over?

My recipe for 5 gallons was:

Strike Temp: 168 F
OG = 1.050 FG = 1.013

I batch sparged at 170 F for 15 minutes.

45 minute mash at 154 F
90 minute wort boil

1 LB - Belgian Carapils Malt
3 LB - Weyermann, Dk. Munich (10L)
1 LB - Dingemans, Biscuit
9 LB - Briess, 2 Row American Pale
1 LB - Dingeman's, Cara Vienne Malt (20L)
1 OZ - Briess, Chocolate Malt
White Labs WLP051 - California V Ale Yeast

1 OZ - Willamette Hops at 90 minutes
1/2 OZ - Fuggle Hops at 20 minutes
1/2 OZ - Fuggle Hops at 0 minutes

-- Trev


 
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:08 AM   #2
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Never dump brew unless you are sure it is contaminated, and it tastes bad. Even infected beer is not going to hurt you and it is possible it could taste OK. Very likely your beer will turn out fine so RDWHAHB.
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:12 AM   #3
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I'd be surprised if your beer was ruined. You dump so much yeast into the beer that it'll outcompete almost anything--unless you sneeze into it or something.
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:13 AM   #4
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What could be lost by letting this one run it's course ? Time? Experience ?
Let-r-go and see what happens-could be some really great stuff;I don't think all is lost just yet. DWRHAHB Shane

 
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:17 AM   #5
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Yep, I planned on staying with the course, but wanted to see what you guys think as a second
oppinion. BTW: I updated my recipe, I forgot to mention the hops and the mash and boil time.

It definately smells like a good one.

Thanks,

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Old 04-24-2007, 04:14 AM   #6
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It is amazingly difficult to actually get a contaminated batch. Just let it ride and see what happens. =)

 
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:16 AM   #7
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Do yourself a favor and next batch drill out the hole to fit a rubber bung instead. Harder to push through the hole that way and easier to remove.
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:24 AM   #8
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Trev don't worry at all------ I pushed a #6.5 stopper into a batch about a year ago. I let it ferment for 6 days and then siphoned. I expected a rubber taste, but it was just good beer. It f--ked with my mind though so I know how it feels. Good luck and let it do it's thing.

 
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:32 AM   #9
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It is amazingly difficult to actually get a contaminated batch. Just let it ride and see what happens. =)
Right. What I'm also worried about is that the airlock was not sealed properly for around 16 hours so it was breathing through the neck of the carboy? I now notice a good bubbling in the airlock (now that it's sealed properly) around every three seconds. I did not use a starter I just pitched into the carboy just prior to siphoning from the chilled wort and moved the siphoning tube around as much as possible to aerate.

Any chance that might cause a problem?

Thanks for all of the responses, you guys are great and I love this forum!

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Since co2 is pushing its way out then it is unlikely you had anything nasty coming in.
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