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Title: Fermentation Accident
Post by: jrp5u on August 20, 2013, 08:18:29 PM
We are brewed a Belgian double last week. We did not realize that the gravity was high enough that we would need a different airlock set up. Needless to say, it fermented rapidly and on the third day the lid blew off. We got it cleaned up and the beer seemed to be bubbling away and happy in there. Is there anything we need to do to make sure it is not contaminated etc?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: morticaixavier on August 20, 2013, 08:19:15 PM
We are brewed a Belgian double last week. We did not realize that the gravity was high enough that we would need a different airlock set up. Needless to say, it fermented rapidly and on the third day the lid blew off. We got it cleaned up and the beer seemed to be bubbling away and happy in there. Is there anything we need to do to make sure it is not contaminated etc?

Thanks!

Nope, it either is or isn't. probably isn't. RDWHAHB
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: mabrungard on August 20, 2013, 09:55:13 PM
Drink quickly!
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: duboman on August 20, 2013, 10:24:53 PM
There was so much CO2 pushing out the chances of anything bad getting in is pretty slim. As long as you sanitized everything when you put things back together all should be good.

May I recommend a blow off tube for future batches;)
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: klickitat jim on August 20, 2013, 10:49:29 PM
Depends. How far did the lid blow and what did it land in. Lol
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: majorvices on August 20, 2013, 10:58:04 PM
Any chance you fermented over 70 degrees? Sounds like a case of vigorous fermentation due to high temp, not high gravity.
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: erockrph on August 21, 2013, 03:27:43 AM
Plenty of breweries use open fermenters with no contamination issues. During the peak of fermentation there is generally enough CO2 blowing off to keep any contaminant-laden particles from landing in your brew. My bet is that you'll be fine.
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: anthony on August 21, 2013, 01:16:52 PM
At least a baby diaper didn't fall in while the lid was off.
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 21, 2013, 01:52:43 PM
If you got drunk and accidentally used the open fermentor as a toilet I would say it's probably contaminated.
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: erockrph on August 21, 2013, 04:52:39 PM
If you got drunk and accidentally used the open fermentor as a toilet I would say it's probably contaminated.

Depends on whether you went #1 or #2. Urine is sterile unless you have an infection. Just tell everyone you overdid it with Citra and Simcoe.
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: klickitat jim on August 21, 2013, 06:53:03 PM
May I just say, Ick! This thread has circled the drain. Literally
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: duboman on August 21, 2013, 10:28:38 PM
Talk about a thread going south.... But a reminder that we all like photographs of these things prior to cleanup:D
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 22, 2013, 03:02:43 AM
Of which part of this thread did you want a picture?
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: duboman on August 22, 2013, 10:32:52 AM

Of which part of this thread did you want a picture?

Exploding fermenters and krausen splatters of course!
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: erockrph on August 22, 2013, 11:24:09 AM

Of which part of this thread did you want a picture?

Exploding fermenters and krausen splatters of course!

Krausen splatters... is that what you get when you down the last sip of a bottle-conditioned beer?
Title: Re: Fermentation Accident
Post by: BP79 on August 23, 2013, 02:41:16 PM
This happened to me last year, but I ended up with a cracked carboy!  Like everyone says, it's no biggie at all.  See the thread below.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11727.msg147918#msg147918