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Old 05-27-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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So i started brewing the light lemonade mead about two weeks ago and never put water in my airlock. Am i at extreme risk for infection?

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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If your fermentation took off quickly then you should have a flow of CO2 out of the air lock making it more difficult for infectious critters to get in. I would be more concerned if it was in secondary and you didn't put water/sanitizer in the airlock.

However if it took several days for your fermentation to take off then that is a rip breeding ground for infectious critters to come in and play.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:42 PM   #3
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With most lemonade batches, the pH is low enough that spoilage organism are unlikely no matter what. You can fement meads with no problem in open fermenters so I wouldn't worry. Just fill the airlock going forward to prevent oxidation as the CO2 production winds down.

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No.

Now RDWHAHB

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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fermentation took off quickly so i dont think i have to worry about that. thanks for the info gentlemen, i thought i had a disaster on my hands!

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