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Old 08-17-2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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While I was pushing in the stopper to cap up a batch of brown ale into my secondary, I accidentally pushed the rubber stopper into the carboy. From a sanitation standpoint, would it be a problem to just leave it in the current carboy, or should I rack to a different one?

A couple of data points:
* According to my SG calcs, the mix is approximately 5.6% ABV going into the secondary.
* I had soaked the stopper in some one-step before attempting to cap the secondary.

Follow-up question: If it -is- okay from a sanitation standpoint, do you think it would have any effect on taste?

On Deck:
Primary 1: Empty
Primary 2: Empty
Secondary 1: Martian Matter Maple Brown Ale (Partial)
Secondary 2: Empty
Eldorado Star Espresso Porter (Partial),
Backyard Blackberry Weizen (Extract),
Martian Matter Maple Brown Ale (Partial),
Oktoberfest-Märzen (Extract),
Wheatbier (Extract),
Very Berry Mr. Beery (Extract)

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Old 08-17-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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I think your ok, for flavor and sanitation. I dont think it will effect the flavor much at all if it does. That kinda funny how you mention that because just recently I accidently dropped a thermometer into an 18 gallon batch of australian lager and couldnt get it out any other way but to reach my arm into 100 degree F wort. I thought I was screwed from the get go and that the beer would be for sure infected. I sanitized my arm as best as possible, but its still a arm. Anyways I didnt have one skunked bottle. You should be fine.

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Old 08-17-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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You're not really a brewer till you've dropped a bung into a carboy at least once.

It's fine....just don't do it again.
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:59 PM   #4
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That's why I use these buggers now.

I got sick of fishing the rubber bungs out of the carboys. These are pretty much impossible to push in on accident.

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