Did I contaminate my first batch of beer? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Did I contaminate my first batch of beer?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
Lazy_Lighting
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Posts: 2


I just brewed up my first batch of beer. It was an amber ale that I got as an extract kit from a local brew shop. When cooling the wort I placed the kettle in an ice bath and made the mistake of adding about six ice cubes that were from a tray in my freezer. I was anal with making sure all other equipment was sanitized. The kit called for 3 ozs of hops at various stages. I heard that pthis can help with contamination. I also used wyeast. It has been the primary for 5 days now.

Feel like an idiot for going all out with sanitizing everything then adding a few ice cubes. Did I ruin my first batch of beer? And when would I notice if it is ruined or not?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
bigebrewer
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Saint Charles, IA
Posts: 31
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Did you actually add the ice cubes to the wort, or just to the ice bath outside of the kettle?
__________________
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W. C. Fields

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
metanoia
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Posts: 551
Liked 65 Times on 52 Posts


Six ice cubes? Relax, you're fine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
twistr25
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
twistr25's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,440
Liked 117 Times on 110 Posts


A lot of people use unboiled tap water for top off with no issues and many of other things have been dropped in the wort without issue. You'll be fine.
__________________
____________________
Primary: N/A
Bottled: N/A
Kegs: Tri-Peppered Saison and Sunset Orange Kolsch
Future:Something new, SMaSH perhaps?
2013 Previous: Sunrise Honey Rye Pale Ale, Dark Skies Black IPA, Sunset Orange Kolsch, All Hallow's Eve Pumpkin Ale, Raining Hops and Dogs IPA

Awards/Recognition
Dark Skies Black IPA - 2nd Place at a local comp. Score of 39 from a BJCP judge

Twistr25 Recipes

GT Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
Disintegr8or
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Disintegr8or's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
, FL
Posts: 276
Liked 36 Times on 17 Posts


You'll be fine. Go have a beer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #6
Hopper5000
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Oakland, CA
Posts: 1,266
Liked 91 Times on 69 Posts


When you freeze something it usually kills off anything to a sanitized level so I wouldn't worry too much. I am assuming that you added them into the wort on accident?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:07 PM   #7
progmac
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Cincy, OH
Posts: 1,969
Liked 277 Times on 221 Posts


if it was like five ice cubes i'd say you're fine, but six? i don't know. that is like one less than seven. and we all know what seven will do. I'd say keep an eye on it, measure the gravity at least three times a day, count exactly how many bubbles you are getting per minute from the airlock (measure twenty minutes individually and then average the twenty numbers) and after a couple days take ten to twelve high-res pictures of anything foamy or chunky looking that shows up either on the surface or around the rim of the bucket.

5
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
bigebrewer
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Saint Charles, IA
Posts: 31
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Especially since you said you did a good job of cleaning and sanitizing, you don't have anything to worry about. With your first brew in what I am assuming is new equipment the chance of getting an infection is slim to none.
__________________
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W. C. Fields

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #9
J187
 
J187's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
, MA
Posts: 851
Liked 96 Times on 74 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by progmac View Post
if it was like five ice cubes i'd say you're fine, but six? i don't know. that is like one less than seven. and we all know what seven will do. I'd say keep an eye on it, measure the gravity at least three times a day, count exactly how many bubbles you are getting per minute from the airlock (measure twenty minutes individually and then average the twenty numbers) and after a couple days take ten to twelve high-res pictures of anything foamy or chunky looking that shows up either on the surface or around the rim of the bucket.
What is the point of this? The guy is asking a legit question and he's worried about his beer? If you were trying to belittle him and make him look stupid, I would consider it a failed attempt.


To the OP - the real answer is: we don't know. None of us could know. Sure, you did increase the risk. Ice from a freezer could certainly contain contaminates. Freezers are known to harbor dormant bacteria. There is no hard and fast rule of - when you do this, you always get this contamination. Rather, every misstep merely increases the risk, albeit the risk is usually small to begin with and often, you'll survive some less than stellar practices just fine . Of course, no one here can tell you that you didn't cause a problem just because it was only a few pieces of ice or just because they've used tap water in beer, etc. I'd guess you'll be ok. We'll have to wait and see. Glad to see you were diligent with rest of your procedure.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
stratslinger
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
stratslinger's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Terryville, CT
Posts: 2,507
Liked 215 Times on 179 Posts


I wouldn't worry too much about it. Yes, it's less than optimal, but you'll probably come out OK. Heck - on my first brew, I had my wort half transferred into my carboy before I realized I had forgotten to sanitize the carboy, and that came out fine (well, the kit itself was kinda lousy, but it definitely wasn't infected or anything).

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Old yeast contaminate the next batch Handy General Beer Discussion 5 09-05-2012 11:43 PM
Did I contaminate my Beer? billman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-22-2011 08:36 PM
Did I contaminate my batch dae06 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-29-2009 02:18 PM
Can dry hopping contaminate a batch? Soperbrew General Techniques 32 03-04-2008 01:15 AM
Did I contaminate my beer? Hangar18 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 10-22-2007 04:13 AM


Forum Jump