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I dry-hopped my beer and after a few days, the screw cap of the fermenter cracked. Now I can even smell my beer.

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(Sorry for the quality)

How bad is it? I'm going to bottle today...

Thanks.

UPD: I think it's been a few days since it cracked (I could smell it before but with no sign of crack). Not sure when it actually cracked since I was absent for a while :(

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    IMHO - Its not really an oxygen related problem at all. It would be quite feasible to take the cap off and cover the opening with a bung of cotton wool. The only real problem is that if the crack expands your airlock might fall off! A rubber bung with a hole is a viable substitute. – barking.pete Dec 5 '17 at 20:27
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    If it's venting through the airlock you're going to smell the brew either way. Your dry hop may have created some nucleation to get the air lock moving again. – DHough Dec 6 '17 at 16:31
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No big deal if you bottle today. You would be very unlucky if your beer spoils with such a small crack for such little time. You could even repair it temporarily with scotch or duct tape and it would be fine for a few days.

For your next batch, get a new one if possible.

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  • Thanks for the response. I think it's been a few days since it cracked (I could smell it before but with no sign of crack). Not sure when it actually cracked since I was absent :( – Dmytro Dec 5 '17 at 13:43

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