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Old 11-14-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
Nov 2012
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Hi - I just brewed my 1st batch of Black IPA from kit yesterday. I'm using the standard 5 gallon plastic bucket w/ air lock for my primary fermenter. I went to check on it today & realized my lid was not properly sealed all the way. It was tight, but not air tight. It was like this for about 30 hours.

What can I expect to happen because of this? Ruined/contaminated?


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Old 11-14-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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You will be fine. You kinda did a mix between open/closed fermentation. As long as nothing was able to fall in..
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:31 AM   #3
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It should be ok. You want to keep out fruitflies and stuff, but bacteria can't sneak into little cracks like that. I even do open primary for my wines (covering with a towel to keep out dust and fruitflies), so you don't have to worry about not having it 100% airtight.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:31 AM   #4
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Probably nothing. There is a very slight chance of wild yeast, but unless your fermenting outside or in a filthy area don't sweat it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:34 AM   #5
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THANKS for the quick, helpful responses. All is well that drinks.


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