Ginger Beer Explosion. Glass shards. Help?
June 5, 2012 9:32 PM Subscribe
How does one clean up a gallon of home brewed gingerbeer out of an oriental wool rug?
posted by larthegreat to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
So, I homebrew occasionally, and just had the great misfortune to come home to a growler of ginger beer (pretty much non acoholic, just 1 cup ginger, pinch of yeast, 1/2 cup simple syrup and the rest filledwith water) completedly exploded across my kitchen and living room. I am extremely lucky to not have been here when it exploded.
I've swept up all the glass shards that I could (curiously, almost no big pieces, nothing bigger than about an inch square), and mopped/rinsed off the ginger beer off the hard surfaces (wood/tile). However, most of the growler is in shards of a few mm wide/dust like, and just in moping/wiping up the walls/floors I tore up my hands. Additonally most of the ginger beer appears to have soaked into about 1/4th of a large (about 8'x12') old wool rug.
So i'm sitting on my glass covered couch, with lots of tiny cuts on my hands, wondering how the heck I can rinse/wash/get rid of the smell out of a wool carpet, covered in shards of glass and drenched in yeasty gingery liquid.
I have a shopvac, but its midnight:30 here and I'm not sure how useful it would be on the tiny shards. The rug is still damp, is there anything I should do to it tonight? Baking soda to minize smell? Keep rinsing it with water? Let it dry and hope for the best?