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Old 09-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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So my fiancÚ accidentally dropped a small rubber band in my 5 gallons of beer while helping me rack my beer for secondary fermentation. Is this going to hurt anything? Is it going to effect the taste of my beer significantly ?

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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This is after primary fermentation has finished? Ouch, you may be SOL but only time will tell!
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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Yes

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:08 AM   #4
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After about 90 brews I have figured out that it is pretty difficult to F... up a brew.

Don't. worry. it will be beer.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:22 AM   #5
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A single rubberband? Highly unlikely... fish it out though.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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When I do something like this I usually dither a while, then wash my arm in StrSan and go fishing. Unless your secondary is a carboy. Then you're f**ked.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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I'd do the opposite. The damage (likely none BTW) was already done when the rubber band hit your wort. Sticking your arm in there will only increase the likelihood of an infection, so leave it alone.

Not to mention, a washed arm is likely to have more bugs than a dry rubber band anyway.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:36 AM   #8
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I usually dry hop with at least 3 rubber bands to get any aroma

I vote for fishing it out and I'm sure you'll be fine.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:39 AM   #9
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the only problem is its in a glass carb.. I think I'm just going to leave it and have a 1 week secondary instead of 2-3.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:41 AM   #10
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I doubt this will cause any problems at all. Wel all stick stuff in beer, wine thiefs for samples, auto siphons to rack to secondary etc. Sure all of this stuff is clean and sanitized, but how clean? You are also opening the beer up to microbes and bacteria everytime you do this. The beer has already gone through primary, so there is some alcohol in there to kill some nasties as well. If you are doing a secondary in a carboy, I wouldn't worry about it. If in a bucket, it wouldn't be too hard to get out with a sanitzed instrument.

 
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