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Old 01-15-2008, 12:55 PM   #11
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filled close to 100 airlocks with nothing but water and have never had an issue. But keep wasting that vodka if you guys want to.

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Old 01-15-2008, 01:02 PM   #12
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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.
No, I'll use a blow off tube during extremely vigorous activity the first 24-48 hrs. Then put the air lock in once it subsides.
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filled close to 100 airlocks with nothing but water and have never had an issue. But keep wasting that vodka if you guys want to.
It's a precautionary measure for me---I use it mostly on batches where there will be a bunch of thermal change, such as when I'm cold conditioning or lagering. I've not had anything infected from water, but really, Popov vodka is just slightly more expensive than water. I wouldn't consider it a waste. Anyway, right now, I'm using an old bottle of Bols Corenwyn that someone left at my house one time.
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It's a precautionary measure for me---I use it mostly on batches where there will be a bunch of thermal change, such as when I'm cold conditioning or lagering. I've not had anything infected from water, but really, Popov vodka is just slightly more expensive than water. I wouldn't consider it a waste. Anyway, right now, I'm using an old bottle of Bols Corenwyn that someone left at my house one time.

good point, Popov really is cheap as hell. Point is though, I can see an infection taking hold if you were to have a lag time of a few days. But once your beer is fermenting it really is alot harder to infect than most may think.

It's just not a very hospitable environment for nasties to take hold while fermentation is going on. And since most of us use dry yeast or a starter as Im sure you do, our lag times are only a few hours.

But theres nothing wrong with being cautious. Brewing takes some time, and it would be ashamed to have it all go to waste because of an infection.
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I use water here - just cause there always seems to be an abundance on hand in the tap

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Cheap Vodka

Read about it on these forums. I am using a cheap bottle that some one brought over to my house that I wouldn't touch with a 10' pole.

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Usually, it's just water for me, too, and I don't fill it until I start to get some sort of fermentation activity. I've also put StarSan and iodophore solutions in the airlock, just for grins. You're right that you need to keep an eye on that StarSan, as it will bubble out.


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good point, Popov really is cheap as hell. Point is though, I can see an infection taking hold if you were to have a lag time of a few days. But once your beer is fermenting it really is alot harder to infect than most may think.

It's just not a very hospitable environment for nasties to take hold while fermentation is going on. And since most of us use dry yeast or a starter as Im sure you do, our lag times are only a few hours.

But theres nothing wrong with being cautious. Brewing takes some time, and it would be ashamed to have it all go to waste because of an infection.
I've had ~3 infected batches---granted they all got infected somehow at bottling, but regardless, I'm careful wherever it's prudent.
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Lately I have been using Gin, someone drank my Vodka.

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Cheap Vodka

Read about it on these forums. I am using a cheap bottle that some one brought over to my house that I wouldn't touch with a 10' pole.


If you'll run your cheap vodka or whisky thru a carbon filter such as a brita water filter pitcher you can convert your cheap liquor into premium liquor. That's the main difference between premium and cheap vodka and whisky anyway. Why pay big $ for someone else to filter your whisky.
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