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Blowoff fermentation makes for SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER beer than airlock fermentation 1 4.55%
Blowoff fermentation makes for MODESTLY BETTER beer than airlock fermentation 1 4.55%
There is LITTLE OR NO DIFFERENCE in beers fermented with airlock or blowoff 19 86.36%
Airlock fermentation makes for MODESTLY BETTER beer than blowoff fermentation 0 0%
Airlock fermentation makes for SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER beer than blowoff fermentation 1 4.55%
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Old 12-15-2005, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Blowoffs vs. airlock and the impact on the final product

I've been an airlock user to date, but found the need to quickly put together a makeshift blowoff last week, when my Fat Tire clone started foaming out of the airlock.

It got me wondering, hence this survey. The basic question is this: does using a blowoff setup have a noticeably positive impact on the end beer's flavor vs. using an airlock, is it the opposite, or there no real difference in the end result.

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Old 12-15-2005, 03:33 AM   #2
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i say no difference. i've had 'em kraeusen up into air locks, and no off flavors or problems.

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A blow off is just a different version of an airlock. It just allows the foam to expell if it gets that high.

Neither allow air back in just gas out.

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Old 12-15-2005, 04:26 AM   #4
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I would be inclined to agree with the little to no difference crowd. Papazan says that blowing of kraeusen expelles undesiralbe fusals and resins...in my experience the batches that I've made that didn't blow off (because I use a larger fermenter) were better; however, I changed several factors around the same time so I would not point to this as being the one.

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Old 12-16-2005, 02:53 AM   #5
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I agree with the posts and didn't vote because I don't like the choices. I don't use a blow off because I hate to see the foam escape from the primary and turn to liquid...I should be drinking that stuff, not watching it hit the sanitizing solution!!!! I've been using a 6.5 gallon glass carboy with a lock as a primary and typically transfer to a secondary within two weeks at the max. I've not tasted any ill effects AND WILL NEVER AGAIN WASTE THE FOAM!

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I voted Modestly Better, but right between that choice and No Difference would be my real choice. I believe that blowing off does get rid of some materials and that it helps minutely at best.

It saves a mess though for sure!

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You know, I think I can come up with a solution to figure out this problem.

Picture please, if you will.

Primary fermenting vessel. Filled nearly full. Blow-off tube attached, leading into a second carboy, fitted with an airlock. Keep all blow-off in second carboy. After blow-off, transfer 1/2 of the primary into the second carboy and allow each to ferment fully, racking and bottling both at the same time and keeping them seperate. Taste will tell.

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You've a point. I may try if I have the ambition during my next batch but I'm usually short on ambition on brew daze, errr days ...willing to bet the effort and difference in taste is probably not worth the effort, like someone posted, "minimal at best". Guys, post em if you get em...results that is! Cheers all, ITS FRIGGIN FRIDAY!!!!

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