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Old 08-25-2013, 12:55 AM   #11
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Starsan. Its the good stuff

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Old 08-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #12
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If you use starsan in the airlock and your ferment goes really slow, you will still see the bubbles from the starsan in the airlock. Vodka won't leave you with any record of the bubble that happened just seconds before you started watching.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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Cheap vodka works great.

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:13 PM   #14
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What i was actually looking for is the BRAND of the cheap booze you use, you know, so i can go to the store and not have to compare prices to find the cheapest brand. Yeah, i know, lazy, right?

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Old 08-25-2013, 08:07 PM   #15
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[...] Yeah, i know, lazy, right?
Stunningly. Might want to see someone about that

I doubt the rot gut I buy is carried many places. Just ask the clerk what their cheapest is...

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #16
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Phillips handles for like $8 or $10? Plus it's local! Airlocks use so little of it that it basically lasts forever unless you have to keep refilling the airlocks due to vigorous fermentation. At that point a blowoff tube is in order.

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Old 08-26-2013, 02:33 AM   #17
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tap water

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Old 08-26-2013, 04:15 AM   #18
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Kinda hard to compare brands/prices between states. Anything with faux russian labeling and in a bottle that passes the bounce test will likely be cheap and the difference between brands not worth the gas driving to a different liquor store.
That said:
Aristocrat and Popov are what's cheap around here.

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Old 08-26-2013, 04:35 AM   #19
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tap water
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It's an air lock. It keeps air out and allows CO2 to escape.

Besides, I ferment in 10 gallon cornies and se a blow off tube...in a container of water...
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #20
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When I used airlocks (I've moved to blow-off tubes), I used Twenty2 Vodka. Yes, it's $26 for 750mL, but a) I'm friends with the owner and rarely ever pay for it, b) it is a truly neutral spirit and c) even if I have to buy it, I'm supporting a local small business, and in all reality how much do you actually use? MAYBE 1/4 ounce?

Buy good stuff. :-)

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