Guess What I Found?

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Guess What I Found?

Postby BillyBock » Sun Dec 28, 2003 9:03 am

Well, Friday I brewed up a Scotch Ale. While the boil was going, I drained the conical of my Spiced Winter Lager into kegs. During the cleaning of the conical, I found one of my hose clamps at the bottom of the dump valve under the yeast bed--it was there for a month. Doh! Must've fallen in during cleaning.

It's one of the Ideal brand worm-drive clamps. I thought it was all stainless steel. But it appears only the band was stainless. However, the worm-gear screw blackened. According to their web site, the worm-gear screw is zinc-plated carbon steel.

Any thoughts from the collective on keeping or pitching this batch? My first thought is to not worry--the clamp wouldn't have been in contact with the actual beer very long. It had more contact time with the yeast bed at the bottom of the conical once they started flocculating and filling the cone. By the way, that WL830 German Lager yeast makes a firm sediment!

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time will tell

Postby sphbeer » Sun Dec 28, 2003 4:54 pm

If you are tight for equipment or space, I would abort, otherwise time will tell. Let us know.
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I hate to admit it but...

Postby Dr Strangebrew » Sun Dec 28, 2003 6:42 pm

On occasion I have dropped objects into the fermenter without knowing if they were sanitary. Everything turned out okay. I would recommend to wait and see how the beer turns out. Unless you need the space or equipment, why throw something away if you aren't positive if its ruined? Good luck.

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Postby fitz » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:43 am

Never throw out untested beer.
Hell, you may find that the chemical change in the clamp made your winter warmer taste even better. You may get us all throwing clamps into our fermenters. try it and see.
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Postby Azorean Brewer » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:07 pm


I have said it here before, during the prohibition my best friends grandmother brewed in a loosely covered open crock on the back screened-in porch and people say it was the best beer around LOL ... you can image what found it's way into the fermenter, my motto never throw out beer unless YOU KNOW 100% that it is bad, chances are it could be the best batch you ever made and will rack your brain trying to figure out what you did to get it that way...

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