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Old 02-27-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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My one-year-old recently developed a fascination with the airlock on my fermenting rye pale ale. He has pulled it off the pail about 4-5 times now and spilled vodka everywhere. I'm not sure how much has gotten into the actual beer. There usually seems to be more on the lid than anywhere else, but this little dude is going to ruin the damn thing.

I suppose I should take comfort that he is taking an interest in beer. I guess we'll just have to work on the proper care of fermentation as he gets older.

I assume others have run into the same problem: little ones who just can't keep their hands off the bubbling airlock or other fun, beer-making "toys."

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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I doubt that amount of vodka would make that big of a difference. I wouldn't sweat it.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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Yeah, I'm not actually mad. Kind of amused, to tell you the truth.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
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Simple solution would be to put the fermenter where he can't get it. Also where is he getting access to vodka? Child proof your home would be first priority.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:30 PM   #5
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Funny,

My daughter is 2.... my fun has only just begun haha

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:32 PM   #6
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+1 to Weizenwerks. Maybe you want to use something else in the airlock also like star san. It's only a matter of time before he ends up accidentally drinking the vodka.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:33 PM   #7
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he likes the vodka. its up to you to make sure he cant get to these things. put the fermenter in his playpin, or him.

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Simple solution would be to put the fermenter where he can't get it. Also where is he getting access to vodka? Child proof your home would be first priority.
This.

My son is also a year old. I have my fermentor in the guest bathroom and he gets nowhere near it.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:36 PM   #9
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After I realized this wasn't a problem that was going away, I took it out of his reach. (I thought it was sufficiently hidden/inaccessible before, but the little guy is an explorer and pretty clever.) As far as the vodka goes, I definitely have that out of kids' reach. The only stuff "available" is in my airlock. I'd much rather that be in there than Star San, though. Can you imagine if he took a swig of that?

Long and short of it is that you gotta watch out for kids with this hobby.

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you could always drill a small hole through the stem on the airlock that goes into the fermenter and but a stainless steel cotter pin in it. That would mean that the lid to the fermenter would have to be removed before the airlock.

Though just putting it where he can't get to it would be easier.

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