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Old 09-28-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Someone knocked off the airlock on my bucket of pumpkin ale. It had finished fermenting, the airlock was off for a minimum of 5-6 hours but probably much closer to 3 days. I assume it's super oxidized at this point. Any chance it will still turn out drinkable?

 
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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CO2 is heavier than air. Chances are there was still a blanket of CO2 above your beer even though fermentation had stopped. It will probably be fine. The only way to find out for sure is to let it go and see.

 
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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6 hours to 3 days? I dont understand. Thats a big guess. If 6 hours i wouldnt panic follow the normal and see. Never panic most will tell ya on forum beer is damn near fool proof! Beer loves a challenge!

 
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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6 hours to 3 days? I dont understand. Thats a big guess. If 6 hours i wouldnt panic follow the normal and see. Never panic most will tell ya on forum beer is damn near fool proof! Beer loves a challenge!
I wouldn't panic even if it was 3 days. Just bottle it. If you're scared, send them to me. I'll take care of them.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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Never automatically assume your beer has gone bad. That's probably the greatest lesson one can take away from this forum.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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Unless you have been jostling the beer in that time frame then it should be ok. Maybe lightly oxidized. Just bottle it like normal and drink it up fast. Oxidation is a longevity issue, it will get worse as it ages.

 
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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Never automatically assume your beer has gone bad. That's probably the greatest lesson one can take away from this forum.
Haha well it's definitely not going down the drain, I'm just a bit concerned as this was the first beer I was going to give 6 packs aways as gifts. Worst case scenario I'll have a bunch of mediocre pumpkin ale to myself! Thanks guys.

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:09 AM   #8
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I once came home to a similar situation. I was trying to warm up a Dubbel at the end of fermentation in the garage, and I think a roommate took a sniff and forgot to put the airlock back in tight (I normally ferment in my private space). It was probably open to the elements for 24 hours. I thought it was ruined but bottled it anyway.

The beer won second place in the Belgian category at the country fair this year. You should be fine the CO2 layer will Probably protect it.

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:13 AM   #9
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You seriously have nothing... NOTHING... to worry about. It'll be fine.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:45 AM   #10
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I think the proper response is to hire a crack team of investigators to find out who knocked off your airlock. Then hire and assassin.
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