A few weeks ago I brewed a Coopers Ginger beer in hope that it would be ready for summer. During the brewing process I think I forgot to wash out the steriliser from the fermentation bucket, I was daydreaming as I’ve done this process so many times now!
So I let the ginger beer sit in the living room for a few weeks and it has been fermenting. Judging by the bottom of the fermentation bucket it looks like the yeast has been busy. It was time to start the secondary fermentation.
To save a few hours of sterilising bottles and equipment I transferred the ginger beer in to a keg, not something I like to do as it becomes far too easy to access the beer! I keep my beer in the shed which keeps it out of sign, out of mind!
I did some research online and I found that if you don’t wash out the steriliser with cold water it may kill the yeast. It seems to depend on which steriliser you use though. I was using Richies steriliser bought from Wilkinsons. So far my batch of ginger beer looks ok, I may have even washed out it and it will be fine, who knows.
If anyone has had a similar experience with forgetting to wash off the steriliser from buckets and equipment please post a comment.