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Old 12-13-2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default What are the disadvantages of using a blow off tube?

I have beening brewing for only a short time, I am on my fourth beer. I am currently brewing a west coast amber (more hops). The top blew off the primary on day 3. I cleaned and sanitized the top and airlock and put it back on. Then about 8 hours later the airlock was clogged again and I replaced it with a blow off tube. is there any disadvantage to a blow off tube vs. an airlock?

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Old 12-13-2007, 03:15 AM   #3
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Not a single disadvantage so far as I know. I don't even use an airlock at all on my conical - just a blow off tube from start to finish.

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I don't think so. As long as you keep the other end submerged in water or preferrably sanitizer or vodka you should be fine.

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As long as you're good about sanitation, there's isn't much of a drawback of using a blowoff tube. I use one probably 75% of the time.

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No, no disadvantage at all. It's just a little bigger.
You'd like that, wouldn't you?
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No, no disadvantage at all. It's just a little bigger.
Damn, so size does matter.
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Can i use a blow off tube on all my brews??

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Can i use a blow off tube on all my brews??
Sure! I do.
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Can i use a blow off tube on all my brews??
Sure, it can't hurt.
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