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Old_Brewer 01-15-2008 11:36 AM

Airlock: What do you fill it with? Why?
 
(1) I'm curious as to what you fill your airlock with?

(2) Why or from whom did you learn to fill it that way?

Thanks

bigjohnmilford 01-15-2008 11:38 AM

cheap vodka

learned it here @ hbt

Baldy_Beer_Brewery 01-15-2008 11:52 AM

+1 for cheap vodka. Read about it on pretty much every homebrew forum I've browsed. Seemed to make sense so...

brewt00l 01-15-2008 11:54 AM

Water, Starsan, oxiclean or cheap alcohol....depends on what's convenient at that moment and how long the airlock is going to be in use.

Seabee John 01-15-2008 12:11 PM

been using water so far.... thinking about using vodka like everyone else. makes sense.

Glibbidy 01-15-2008 12:45 PM

Been using water in the airlocks since 1991, and haven't run into any issues yet, even with fluctuations in AP.
IIRC I read about using it in one of the Papizan books.

Evan! 01-15-2008 12:49 PM

I use piss to sanitize everything else, so I use that in the airlocks too. Why not? http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/happy/happy0055.gif ;)

abracadabra 01-15-2008 12:49 PM

The same San Star solution I use for sanitation.

Why?

It makes the most sense economically to me. And if a little San Star were to get sucked into the wort it would provide some yeast nutirents.

Evan! 01-15-2008 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abracadabra
The same San Star solution I use for sanitation.

Why?

It makes the most sense economically to me. And if a little San Star were to get sucked into the wort it would provide some yeast nutirents.

Really? Do you also use anti-foaming agent? Because whenever I've used star-san, at least during the primary ferment when airlock activity is vigorous, the constant bubbling makes the starsan foam up (like it's supposed to) and after awhile, enough foams out of the airlock to break the positive liquid seal. I've gotten to just using the cheapest, most neutral shyte liquor I have laying around.

Soulive 01-15-2008 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evan!
I use piss to sanitize everything else, so I use that in the airlocks too. Why not? http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/happy/happy0055.gif ;)

+1...learned it here on HBT...


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