This does answer the question "which would win in a battle to the death between modern and ancient techonlogies."Wife went to answer her cell phone, hit my arm, her phone flew out of her hand, did a couple back flips and a perfect 10 into the open fermenter..........batch turned out great, but the phone died.
Have you seen Anchor Brewing's fermentation setup? Completely open, foam everywhere. Totally awesome looking at the work that many trillions of yeast can do!I neglected to use a blow off tube on a 91 point strong ale and the lid blew off my fermenter. It spent about half the day uncovered, wort everywhere, and it turned out just fine.
Apparently someone used piss as sanitizer. He supposedly made beer but I wouldn't advise doing it.I urinated in a batch...4 times!!!