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Old 04-04-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Ok so I just finished my boil put in yeast put air lock on noticed it wasnt half full so I took cap off added some more water just a little not even an ounce it ran in bucket.. Didnt realize that was gonna happen think i destroyed my beer I sure hope not ..Air lock was sanitized but container I used to fill again wasn't.....

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB. It'll be fine. I've had the tubes from my immersion chiller pop off and got hose water into the kettle and could never tell.

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thats why you use vodka, just makes it stronger

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Old 04-04-2013, 11:00 PM   #4
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Yea, using vodka or boiled water works best here, but your beer will be fine.

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Old 04-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the re-assurance I have been freaking the whole time up to brew time . Everything went good untin this airlock thing....

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Old 04-04-2013, 11:40 PM   #6
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Yup. suck-back,caused by a partial vacuum in the head space. Must cooled down quick or something by the time you tried to re-fill it. Got that a couple weeks ago. But I use cheap grocery store vodka in my airlocks. Any nasties that get through the little holes in the airlock cap die of alcohol poisoning.

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That's a minor problem. Your beer will be fine!

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Old 04-05-2013, 02:51 AM   #8
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Agreed... Your beer should be fine. Use Starsan, or Vodka for your airlock, or just use a blow off tube to eliminate the risk going forward.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:10 AM   #9
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Another vote for Star-San or vodka in the airlock.

It can also get sucked into the bucket during a cold crash.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #10
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Went to check on my beer this morning to see if it has started fermenting and the Air lock is low on liquid again less than half full Whats going on here......

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