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Old 01-15-2005, 02:38 AM   #11
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Well, I was going to look at the attachment and then

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I guess I've been bad.....

At any rate, I have the cap closed on the airlock with a 1/32 hole drilled in it for venting. The airlock itself is filled with some leftover iodophor solution. I figured that if I left the cap unlatched 2 things would happen. The center could float high enough to not stay submerged at the base and the cats would be playing floor hockey with the top.

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Old 01-15-2005, 03:15 AM   #12
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I just saw pictures of some guys fermentation...he had the cap on...but I still don't get it.
The caps are made to vent. Oh wait I use the cheap ones.....The ones with the red cap????? It is made to vent, filler up and blow through the bottom you will see, but I never uses the one in the pic, so mabe I better keep my mouth shut......LOL
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Old 01-16-2005, 12:27 PM   #13
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Okay, seriously, now. Here's a picture of an airlock (well, duh!). So you're telling me the piece on the far left...the cap...stays on during fermentation? Wouldn't the whole thing blow off once the gasses built up???
I have the same style of airlock as your picture shows. The cap has small holes that allow it to vent. The cap should stay on.
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Old 01-16-2005, 03:33 PM   #14
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I have the same style of airlock as your picture shows. The cap has small holes that allow it to vent. The cap should stay on.
I agree they are made to vent unless you have a factory defect......Then in that case ya it would probably make a big mess......LOL
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Old 01-17-2005, 01:22 AM   #15
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Yeah, I'm an idiot...took a look at the cap...small holes...oh, well, no harm done, I think. (I hope). I tasted the brew while bottling it...tasted very good, but maybe a bit too sweet...we'll see.

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Old 01-17-2005, 03:18 PM   #16
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Yeah, I'm an idiot...took a look at the cap...small holes...oh, well, no harm done, I think. (I hope). I tasted the brew while bottling it...tasted very good, but maybe a bit too sweet...we'll see.
Ya I dont know why you would need the lid anyway, you have water or some sort of liquid in the airlock any way, although I made a starter for a batch the other day, I think I put vodka in the airlock, It was venting so fast that the liquid blew out or evaporated or something, long as the beer is good who cares.......well time for a cold one.....
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Old 01-18-2005, 02:00 PM   #17
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You want the air to roll around the bottom edge of the lock through the water so it bubbles around the lock, the cap keeps its submerged...... otherwise it would just float there...

most problems with contaminatin are before fermenting and after fermenting, durring it the yeast kills most of the problems........

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Old 01-18-2005, 04:23 PM   #18
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most problems with contaminatin are before fermenting and after fermenting, durring it the yeast kills most of the problems........
Totally. That's why a big, vigorous yeast starter will solve a lot of infection problems before they ever happen. The yeast simply outcompetes everything else.

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