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Old 05-16-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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I brewed my 1st batch of beer tonight. I got a recipe from a home brew shop and well I have a question? I was at the end of the cooling process and putting the valve on the top when the black seal to my valve pushed through the lid into the wort. I washed my hands twice and arm and well had to fish for it. Did I ruin my beer???

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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I think everyone that has been brewing for some time has made this mistake at some point. While there is a possibility that something could have gotten in Im sure its fine. I have dropped countless things into my fermenter after cooling my wort and have never had an infection from it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick answer! I'm just nervous about infecting it! One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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****, I fricking syphoned my first beer using my mouth. Don't worry bud, it will come out fine. If it doesn't it's probably more cause the recipe sucks.

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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I brewed my 1st batch of beer tonight. I got a recipe from a home brew shop and well I have a question? I was at the end of the cooling process and putting the valve on the top when the black seal to my valve pushed through the lid into the wort. I washed my hands twice and arm and well had to fish for it. Did I ruin my beer???
You'll be fine. If the yeast get a quick hold and take off fast they can override a lot of Oupsies.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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I spent 30 minutes fishing in my fermenter for a bung that fell in, got so caught up in it, i forgot to disinfect the things i was sticking in my wort. Still, the beer was awesome!

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:10 PM   #7
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My first batch i didn't tighten the drain plug well enough. i washed my arms, stuck up to my elbow into the wort and gave it a tighten. Brew came out fine.

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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Pics or GTFO.

 
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #9
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Thanks for the quick answer! I'm just nervous about infecting it! One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???
What kind of yeast? 4.2% assuming 75% attenuation.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???
Depends on what the final gravity says. So for example if you end up at 1.011 you would have about 4% ABV. Plug the numbers in here: http://www.********.com/pages/abv.html


EDIT: What the hell? You can't link to Beer Math Dot Com?

 
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