So after a year hiatus from brewing (just too busy I guess) I decided to give it another go. Well I'm rusty for sure and managed to do a pretty major screw-up. While chilling my wort instead of going outside and grabbing my stainless steel dial thermometer (which I usually use), I grab my floating thermometer (which was handy) and threw it in to the wort. All was going well until the wort was about 120°F and I decided to give it a little stir (I bet you know where this is going). As I'm stirring I hear BB's rolling around in the bottom of the kettle. I pulled out the floating thermometer and sure enough the tip was broken and about half the BB's and maybe some of the wax was missing. Only the outer glass tip broke, the inner glass thermometer was intact. Well I bought the glass thermometer a few years back and I remember that it was "Non-toxic" and that the ballast was steel. So I guess my only real concern is getting pieces of the broken thermometer into the fermentor. So after calling myself an idiot and cursing for a few minutes, then waffling back and forth on whether to just dump the kettle, I ended up deciding to at least keep going and postpone the ultimate decision. So I sanitize my auto siphen and cut out two nylon mesh patches to cover the end. By this time the wort is down to around 85, so I rack it out of the brew kettle and into the fermenting bucket. I probably left 3/4 of a gallon of wort in the pot to avoid sucking up any of the thermometer debris. I added some extra make up water I had lying around and pitched the yeast. When cleaning the auto siphen although there was quite bit of hot break and hop gunk on the nylon filter I failed to find any BBs or Glass (so I'm hoping it stayed at the bottom of the kettle). So here is where I'm at, I think I did the best I could to ensure no pieces of the thermometer made it into the brew bucket. I'll probably be racking this brew two more times (primary to secondary, and secondary to keg) so while I think it is doubtful that any pieces are in the primary bucket, even if there are it seems really unlikely that they will make it into the final product. On the other hand I'm really thinking about turning this batch into drain cleaner. Anyone make the same mistake? Looking for thoughts and suggestions.