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mroyer747

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I brewed my 1st batch of beer tonight. I got a recipe from a home brew shop and well I have a question? I was at the end of the cooling process and putting the valve on the top when the black seal to my valve pushed through the lid into the wort. I washed my hands twice and arm and well had to fish for it. Did I ruin my beer???
 

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I think everyone that has been brewing for some time has made this mistake at some point. While there is a possibility that something could have gotten in Im sure its fine. I have dropped countless things into my fermenter after cooling my wort and have never had an infection from it.:mug:
 
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Thanks for the quick answer! I'm just nervous about infecting it! One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???
 

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****, I fricking syphoned my first beer using my mouth. Don't worry bud, it will come out fine. If it doesn't it's probably more cause the recipe sucks.
 

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mroyer747 said:
I brewed my 1st batch of beer tonight. I got a recipe from a home brew shop and well I have a question? I was at the end of the cooling process and putting the valve on the top when the black seal to my valve pushed through the lid into the wort. I washed my hands twice and arm and well had to fish for it. Did I ruin my beer???
You'll be fine. If the yeast get a quick hold and take off fast they can override a lot of Oupsies.
 

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I spent 30 minutes fishing in my fermenter for a bung that fell in, got so caught up in it, i forgot to disinfect the things i was sticking in my wort. Still, the beer was awesome!
 

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My first batch i didn't tighten the drain plug well enough. i washed my arms, stuck up to my elbow into the wort and gave it a tighten. Brew came out fine.
 

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mroyer747 said:
Thanks for the quick answer! I'm just nervous about infecting it! One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???
What kind of yeast? 4.2% assuming 75% attenuation.
 

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One more beginner question?? If my hydrometer read 1.042 before fermentation how much could my alcohol % be.???
Depends on what the final gravity says. So for example if you end up at 1.011 you would have about 4% ABV. Plug the numbers in here: http://www.********.com/pages/abv.html


EDIT: What the hell? You can't link to Beer Math Dot Com?
 
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Remember the first rule of homebrewing. "Relax, Don't worry, have a good commercially made micro brew until your homebrew is finished."
 

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I've done much much worse to unfermented wort and made good beer. Rusty tools dropped into the kettle, clogged filters that i had to unplug by hand, dogs licking out of the fermenter, etc, etc. You'll be fine.
 
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