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Old 01-15-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 01-15-2008, 11:38 AM   #2
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cheap vodka

learned it here @ hbt

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Old 01-15-2008, 11:52 AM   #3
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+1 for cheap vodka. Read about it on pretty much every homebrew forum I've browsed. Seemed to make sense so...

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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.

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

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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.

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I use piss to sanitize everything else, so I use that in the airlocks too. Why not?

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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.

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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.
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I use piss to sanitize everything else, so I use that in the airlocks too. Why not?
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