My Airlock Fell Off My Fermenter

Question:

The airlock fell off of my bucket during the fermentation process for about 12 hours, does this mean my entire batch will be ruined?

Answer:

it will depend on where it was located.  If it’s near a high traffic area you might be at risk, but if it’s in a quiet dry area you’ll probably be fine.

Worst case scenario is you have a bit of a sour beer that you can fix by adding in some fruit concentrate to balance out any off flavors.

I would also suggest drinking the batch quickly as the longer it sits, the greater the chance any infection will become more pronounced.