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Old 12-15-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
Dec 2008
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the end of my thermometer blew off
should i toss the batch or will the mercury settle in the bottom


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Old 12-15-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
The Pol
Feb 2007
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Ooh, well Id personally not drink it. How did the end of your thermometer "blow off".

Whether it settles out or not... it will be soaking in there for a while, Id personally chuck it.

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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For me its not worth it. id give to to the dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, children etc.
maybe i'll post an ad:

Single male seeks double-jointed supermodel who owns a brewery and grows her own pot. Access to free concert tickets a plus!

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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Toss it Bro!

Mercury poisoning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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Mercury is a nasty thing! Don't take a chance with your health over a few bucks of brew-stuff. Just toss it....
"I brew with a water cooler and some part from the toilet." - JohnnyO

"I do gravity feed the last gallon or two through my Therminator, but I expect you could suck start a Volkswagen before you could suck start one of these. - GilaMinumBeer

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #6
Nov 2008
Mount Prospect, IL
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technically you need to have that properly disposed of and you shouldn't just toss it down the sink either.

I wonder if this is a legit question though...
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:35 PM   #7
Mar 2008
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Are you sure it was a Mercury Thermometer and the Mercury is what fell into the batch?

If it was the little BB's in the bottom of the floating thermometer its doubtful that it was Mercury.


I had a similar situation where the floating thermometer broke when i was cooling the wort. The little bb's were in the bottom of the brew kettle i found out they were not lead and the thermometer itself was not compromised however if it had the liquid in the thermometer was only red alcohol.

I would call the company you bought the thermometer from and find out what material it is made from? Most of them are non toxic so its safe if something like this happens.

PS the IPA I brewed that this happened in was amazing.

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:10 AM   #8
Dec 2008
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i think it was alcahol from my research

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:19 AM   #9
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mmm alcahol

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