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Old 08-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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I'm putting this here hopefully to get more views. I just finished brewing my Pumpkin Ale and while cooling it down my floating thermometer broke in my wort because it hit my wort chiller. The end of it broke off and all of those black bb's in the bottom are now in my wort. Is the wort lost? I'm figuring it is as I'm assuming that's lead in the bottom of the thermometer. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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When it happened to me I looked up the brand on the thermometer and it said it was non toxic. I ended up going forward as usual and strained out the bbs and had no issues. Good luck!

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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I had the same issue a few batches ago. After some searching on this forum I learned that they are steel and not lead. I was then just worried about the glass. I filtered my wort through my grain bag as I was pouring it into my primary. I also left a bit if the wort behind in my kettle. The glass will all settle just be really really careful. I drank all of mine and it hasn't killed me yet

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I'm putting this here hopefully to get more views. I just finished brewing my Pumpkin Ale and while cooling it down my floating thermometer broke in my wort because it hit my wort chiller. The end of it broke off and all of those black bb's in the bottom are now in my wort. Is the wort lost? I'm figuring it is as I'm assuming that's lead in the bottom of the thermometer. Any suggestions?
A google search revealed these threads.....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/brok...-steel-163960/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/brok...r-wort-301440/
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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I would take that advice of looking it up. But I would imagine in this day and age there's no way those beads are gonna be lead in a therm used for foodstuffs. A bigger concern is getting them and glass fragments out.

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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It's a True Brew Floating Thermometer, from what I'm reading it has steel bb's not lead ones correct? I agree about the glass though..........
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I would filter the beer through a VERY fine filter. I would not want to risk drinking tiny glass chips.

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:51 PM   #8
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I would filter the beer through a VERY fine filter. I would not want to risk drinking tiny glass chips.
Being that landing in the right spot in your digestive system could kill you. I'd toss it all

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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**** I know that's the right answer too and I spent a lot of time on this beer. Just when you think you've figured this hobby out you get thrown a curve ball!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:12 PM   #10
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So what we're doing is we found all of the steel bb's so there is no issue there. We found three large pieces of glass, but of course we are missing a few. We took a clean t-shirt, cut it up to act as a filter for us, sanitized it with Starsan and we're filtering the beer through that. I think that's the most we can do. I doubt any piece of glass or anything with any physical mass to it wouldn't get through that shirt. Thoughts?
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