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Old 06-30-2008, 01:03 PM   #11
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I just use star-san. no sense wasting vodka like that.

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Old 06-30-2008, 02:04 PM   #12
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what's the advantage over water?

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Old 06-30-2008, 02:11 PM   #13
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I use whatever cheap alcohol I can get for like $4 a bottle at Krogers. Vodka, Rum, it all does the trick.

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Old 06-30-2008, 04:57 PM   #14
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what's the advantage over water?
Water will develop microbial life that could contaminate your beer. That said, it's relatively unlikely because whatever microbes are in the airlock will be kept out of the beer because the carboy is under positive pressure. And because the bad guys will be outcompeted by the 100 billion yeast cells you pitch.

I use water that's been boiled with nary an infection, but I'll probably switch to cheapo vodka.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:12 PM   #15
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I usually just use (sanitized) water in my airlocks, but I found that my modified mini fridge turned fermenter tends to freeze the water in the airlock (the airlock sits right in front of the coils) when fermenting at lager temps (or lagering). so now I use cheap liquor (usually vodka).

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:14 PM   #16
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If anyone has ever gotten an infection they can say came from tap water in an airlock, I sure would like to meet them and thank them for sapping all the bad luck out of the universe.

If it helps you sleep at night, put some dadgum vodka in your airlock. However, if you have that much trouble sleeping, you might do better to pour that shot of vodka down your gullet instead of your airlock.


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Old 06-30-2008, 05:37 PM   #17
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If anyone has ever gotten an infection they can say came from tap water in an airlock, I sure would like to meet them and thank them for sapping all the bad luck out of the universe.

If it helps you sleep at night, put some dadgum vodka in your airlock. However, if you have that much trouble sleeping, you might do better to pour that shot of vodka down your gullet instead of your airlock.


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Old 06-30-2008, 05:41 PM   #18
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I use rum. I have used water in the past but switched. One batch I did it was hot when I was brewing outside. Upon moving to the cooler indoors the airlock sucked several drops into the beer. The beer turned out fine just a bit paranoid now.

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Old 06-30-2008, 06:16 PM   #19
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If anyone has ever gotten an infection they can say came from tap water in an airlock, I sure would like to meet them and thank them for sapping all the bad luck out of the universe.

If it helps you sleep at night, put some dadgum vodka in your airlock. However, if you have that much trouble sleeping, you might do better to pour that shot of vodka down your gullet instead of your airlock.


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Very true. However, I use vodka. Not that it helps me sleep or anything like that, it is just that I dont drink vodka but somehow it always ends up in my house. Better to use it in the airlock than just let it sit there.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:28 PM   #20
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Starsan for me. Simply because I have some sitting around in a small bucket everytime I brew.

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