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Old 10-05-2012, 06:50 AM   #1
Sep 2012
Melbourne, Victoria
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Quick question: was taking a hydro sample today (day 13 of fermentation) and my airlock fell to the floor. I didn't have any sanitizing agent on hand (need to visit the store), so I decided to boil some water in a kettle and put the end of the airlock that is in contact with the fermenter into the boiling water. Will this suffice or should I be concerned?


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Old 10-05-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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Better then nothing. But you should be fine.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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I wouldn't even have done that much. Day 13 of fermentation, your risk of contamination is low because the yeast has already consumed much of the sugar in the beer, and is now the dominant microorganism in your beer. Furthermore, at this point your airlock isn't likely to come in direct contact with the beer, as the krausen should have fallen by now.

You have nothing to worry about.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:19 AM   #4
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I love floor spiced beer. Boiling is a efficient means of sanitation so i'm sure you are fine.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by BradleyBrew View Post
I love floor spiced beer.
Do you use floor malted barley for that?
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