When I opened the spigot on the brew kettle to transfer our cooled Saison to fermenters, I noticed a few black chunks go flying down into the bucket, presumable because we didn’t clean the spigot good enough.
Should I be concerned about this sitting in the fermenting beer?
My thought is that whatever it was is sterile now from the boil and will settle out during cold crash.
Well, if it’s a scorched wort issue I can promise you you’ll taste it a little bit, but if you didn’t see a ton of the stuff then it’s very likely it’ll be a subtle off-flavor (just enough to piss you off) that will fade with time… not completely, but it will fade.
Chunks could have come from your ball valve on the kettle. If you are like most homebrewers, you rarely take yours apart to clean it. Problem is that crud gets stuck between the ball and the valve body, trapped there by the valve seats. It cooks and gets sticky there until one day when you turn your valve, out it comes. Ewwwwe nasty.