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Offline Russ Swier

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Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« on: November 20, 2022, 10:02:10 am »
When aerating my wort of an Irish Stout, the wand blew off the end of the O2 line dropping to the bottom of my Catalyst fermenter. The fact that I could not see it or that I would not be able to close the bottom valve later had me wondering what to do. I did the unthinkable. Soaked my arm in Star San and retrieved it. What are the possible problems I might encounter and what should I expect?
Thanks for any info.

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Re: Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2022, 10:27:33 am »
It'll probably be just fine. A good pitch of healthy yeast should outcompete anything that you may have introduced to the wort.
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Re: Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2022, 10:31:37 am »
When aerating my wort of an Irish Stout, the wand blew off the end of the O2 line dropping to the bottom of my Catalyst fermenter. The fact that I could not see it or that I would not be able to close the bottom valve later had me wondering what to do. I did the unthinkable. Soaked my arm in Star San and retrieved it. What are the possible problems I might encounter and what should I expect?
Thanks for any info.
I have to admit I have done this (soaked my arm in Starsan and fished something from the wort). In my case, all came out fine.  There is definitely a risk of infection.

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Re: Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2022, 10:35:50 am »
No problem in my experience
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Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2022, 11:35:00 am »
I’ve done the ‘arm soak retrieve’ myself. Turned out fine.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2022, 12:38:11 pm by BrewBama »

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Re: Dropped Aeration wand into fermentor.
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2022, 11:46:22 am »
Using a stainless wand or other material? If used stainless wand that was cleaned and sanitized, I would not worry about it.

Come up with a cleaver name for the brew. "Magic Wand Stout". When friends drink the stout and ask about the name you then have a funny story to tell.