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Old 05-08-2009, 06:39 PM   #21
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I use 3 piece for primary and S-shape for secondary. I don't think an S-shape could handle this kind of action:

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Old 05-08-2009, 07:00 PM   #22
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Lagers need the S when first bringing it down to temp.

I have a bunch of each, like em both.
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Hmm, so S airlocks don't have suckback? I may have to buy some. I usually put my primary in the temp controlled freezer at 70 or so, and wait for it to get down to temp (usually 61-62). This of course causes suckback on the airlock. Usually only takes 1-2 hours. I have been putting a sanitized empty airlock on, but an S airlock might do the trick.

Don't put an airlock on when you bring the temps down. I just use a piece of tin foil on the carboy till my temp is reached zero chance of suck back. Then I go for the 3 piece airlock
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:27 PM   #23
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The S-shaped ones are tough to clean. That's my only reason...

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Old 05-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #24
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Don't put an airlock on when you bring the temps down. I just use a piece of tin foil on the carboy till my temp is reached zero chance of suck back. Then I go for the 3 piece airlock
But if you can take care of it in a single step by just putting a S type airlock on...why not?

I think the S type are more fun to watch for someone who has not seen fermenting beer before and handy if you are going to have temperature changes. If the krausen invades it though during an exceptionally active fermentation and you don't catch it withint a few hours, the crap can dry in there and it is then pretty much impossible to clean.

The 3 piece are nice because you can use it with some hose for a blowoff tube and then convert it to normal use later if you want. Plus it is just so easy to clean.
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But if you can take care of it in a single step by just putting a S type airlock on...why not?
cause I don't own one?
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:12 PM   #26
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/f...ilStopperV.jpg

seen these?
silicone stopper, holes thru it, top is a "flap" to allow CO2 to escape...
Picked one up, they work great, so now I have 3 types to pick from.

as far as cleaning them... use a blow off first! then airlocks.... no cleaning necessary. just sanitize.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:25 AM   #27
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Look great, but they're out of stock for these both at Northern Brewer and Midwest, and I haven't found them on BMW.

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I prefer to use the ear canal of a virgin filled with unicorn tears. They are a little pricey, but work perfectly.

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Wow, looks like I'm not the only one with an opinion here!

Yeah, the 3-piece are like two dollars at my LHBS if I recalled and the S-shaped are only 1. Maybe I remember wrong... I use a blowoff on all my primaries anyway so I'll probably just stick with the S. Thanks for the input, everyone.

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I have a couple of each, but in the process of trying to figure out which was better for me I realized that airlocks don't work for me, I use a blowoff tube for every beer in primary and for the few that get a secondary, I use plastic wrap and a rubber band.

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