Greetings. New brewer here working on my first batch. I'm using the "Homebrew Starter Kit - Block Party Amber" and it has been a very fun experience so far.
This past weekend was "Bottling Day" but I think I may have made a mistake in one step. Following the instructions, I had tubing attached to the fermentor's spigot leading into the bottling buck below. As soon as I opened the spigot on the fermentor I noticed the airlock on top began to gurgle and some of the solution appeared to backfill into the fermenter bucket. At this point I'm thinking I should have removed the airlock before I opened the spigot.
My concern is that on "Brew Day" the instructions said to "fill the airlock with cleanser solution" that came from "Decontaminate" step earlier. It looks like the "No-Rinse Cleanser" that came with the kit is "sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate". I'm worried that this solution getting into my fermentor may now have made the brew unsafe to drink. I don't want to risk some sort of accidental poisoning would it be smart for me to dump this batch and try again?
For the future, I'm assuming I should probably remove the airlock before I transfer from the fermentor. Also, I have read in other places about people using Vodka in the airlock instead of the cleaning solution, is this a viable/safer alternative?
Thank you in advance for any feedback and insight!