I just had the rubber gasket that holds my airlock in place drop into my fermentation bucket. It apparently sank to the bottom, and I can't fish it out.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? Do you think it will impart any "rubbery" or "plastic" flavors to my beer?
My ale has just began primary fermentation with a pretty high krausen....Is there any reason NOT to rack into another fermenter at this point?
And while we are on the subject of Krausen....has anybody ever tried carbonating their beer using the krausen method? Now that I'm using a bucket (rather than Carboy) it would be easy to skim it right off the top.