It's been ten years since homebrewing (I know!) and I brewed an Irish blonde ale on Sunday. There are a couple of things that happened that I am worried may have a bad impact on my wort as it is fermenting. Can you let me know what you all think.
1. As I was taking the temp of my wort as it was cooling off to 100 degrees, I noticed that my stupid floating brew thermomether had the tip broken and some of those little lead pellets made it to the bottom of my wort. Now, since they sank to the bottom of the brew pot, non ended up in the glass fermenter, but I am wondering if they could have contaminated the wort and give off odd flavors.
2. This one I am worried about. I added water to fill up to 5 gallons, however due to a math error, I ended up with wort that was about 60 degrees when I pitched the yeast in there. So it did not start fermenting right away, it is fermenting now. RIGHT after I pitched, I realized I had forgotten to airate the wort. Since I knew the yeast would not have started ferementing yet, I decided to go ahead and airate for a minute. Now, will this impart any off flavors, or since the wort was too cold for the yeast, did I luck out?
Thank you all for your thoughts and comments.