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Old 10-16-2008, 07:02 AM   #1
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Maybe I was a little tipsy, but after I pitched my yeast into my wort I didn't clamp the lid on my bucket all the way. After two days I didn't notice bubbling in my airlock, and magically I realized the lid wasn't snapped all the way on. What is the likelyhood I'll my beer is contaminated? I know all I can do is keep moving forward, but I want to prepare for a heartbreak.



 
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:07 AM   #2
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It's ruined. Please send it to Evan! for disposal.




Actually, there's probably not a damn thing wrong. As long as the lid was on top of the bucket at all, and not sitting on the floor next to it, you are fine.


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Old 10-16-2008, 07:28 AM   #3
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Your primary mainly creates positive pressure via CO2. You could throw a towel over it and still be good. Well, as long as it is clean.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:35 AM   #4
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if you would have searched on here before posting you would have realized your fine. The bubbles are only an indication of co2 being released and it takes a perfect seal for it to come through the airlock. Keep it closed to keep out contamination but your fine- relax and let it run its course. Also keep in mind its pretty hard to ruin a beer but its much harder to make a good beer.

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Old 10-16-2008, 09:11 AM   #5
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dont think ive ever put my lid on properly

 
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:33 PM   #6
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As long as you didn't sneeze into the fermenter, you're fine. CO2's heavier than air, so it will displace air/oxygen and leave only CO2 touching the beer.

Here's one of Oomegang's fermenters:



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Old 10-16-2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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The primary I use for 10 gallon batches isn't airtight so that lid is never clamped down. As others have stated the CO2 produced creates a nice little blanket protecting your beer.

 
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:19 PM   #8
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Mine doesn't totally seal. I get very little to nothing out the airlock. Once it calms down, I can transfer to a secondary that seals well.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:20 PM   #9
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It's ruined. Please send it to Evan! for disposal.




Actually, there's probably not a damn thing wrong. As long as the lid was on top of the bucket at all, and not sitting on the floor next to it, you are fine.
Now it's on.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:19 PM   #10
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Your fine, RDWHAHB!


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