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Old 10-07-2007, 01:22 PM   #1
Oct 2007
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Probably a stupid question...

I've got quite a bit of condensation at the top of my secondary fermentor (5 gallon carboy). My main concern is that air got in and is messing with my soon to be tasty beverage. Its been in the secondary for a couple days. Other than that, everything seems ok. I've got some floaties at the top of the wort, which I suspect is nothing more than the yeast. Should I be at all concened about the condensation?

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Old 10-07-2007, 01:32 PM   #2
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I've had this happen several times too and never noticed any ill effects. As to why it occurs I could only guess about that, maybe has to do with the CO2 gassing off or settling back down. I'm still preety new to brewing so someone with more experience is bound to chime in soon. Relax, your beer is probably fine.

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Old 10-07-2007, 02:20 PM   #3
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agreed, its fine. you should only worry if you see moldy looking growth inside.
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:23 PM   #4
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Not to worry. Happens to me regularly, as we speak in fact. Condensation in the secondary only means one of two things (or both):

1. The secondary air is humid (no surprise).
2. The air outside the fermenter is cooler than inside.

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