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The13th 12-05-2012 04:01 PM

New batch overflowed from carboy
Last night I started on a 3 gallon batch of ceyser. I used 2 gallons of apple cider sweetened with sugar and then, for the 3rd gallon, used a honey/water mixture from a mead recipe. I pitched the yeast, put the airlock in place, and went to bed.

When I woke up this morning, I saw that it must've bubbled up a lot overnight. The batch seeped through the rubber stopper, completely filled and overflowed the airlock, and dripped down the sides of the carboy leaving a sweet sticky ring on my floor. I cleaned everything up and it hasn't overflowed since then, but I'm not sure what to do about the airlock. It's still filled with the cider/mead batch. Should I empty out the airlock and refill it with water? Or is there harm in leaving it be? I've never had any need to readjust the airlock in the past, so I'm not sure if I should mess with it now.

And just because I have it, here's a celebratory photo I took of the batch last night.

Bluespark 12-05-2012 04:22 PM

Clean it and sanitize, then refill the airlock.

Vox 12-05-2012 04:22 PM

Wheny airlock gunks up, I sanitize a new one and swap them out. If you only have one, perhaps cover it with a balloon or something while you sanitize the airlock. Just my two cents. Also. I use vodka or gin in my airlock over water, but that's a preference. Good luck. I just made a 5 gallon batch of ceyser last night.

The13th 12-05-2012 04:26 PM

Thanks for the speedy replies.

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