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I had some bad luck the other day and half way through my boil a small but significant amount of water fell in my brew from my extractor fan. I haven't given the extractor a good clean in a while and since I was in the boil stage I am not concerned about contamination, I am aware however there is probably a significant amount of grease up there that could have mixed with the water before dripping back into the kettle.

I finished up the batch anyway and its been fermenting happily a few days. What detrimental affects might be on the cards for my brew? a friend tells me fat certainly isn't a brewers friend.

  • If you were boiling hops in the kettle when this happened then any oils/fats/molten grease would tend to stick to the hop leaves or the side of the kettle. I don't think much would remain in the wort to be transferred to the brew bin. – GrainMother Jul 18 '17 at 8:36
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The worst that could happen is that it would affect head formation and retention. But you might be OK. No big deal.

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That grease in extraction fan is from volatile food grease / oils. In my experience these are not water soluable. The condensation that fell back in was most likely just water.

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