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Old 04-13-2014, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I brewed my first beer (an IPA) on Friday (04/11/14) and noticed that it was bubbling quite well yesterday morning (04/12/14). I had to leave that day unexpectedly and left the water in the air lock at just above the fill line. It is in a dark room that will get no direct sun and will not get above 70 degrees. I am worried about the water in the air lock evaporating and spoiling the wort. I will be able to return home on 04/14/14. Will that be too long, or should I have a neighbor check it? Thanks everyone!

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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It will be fine, I have never had the water evaporate out of the airlock that fast - maybe it would in Arizona? If you ever do go away longer you can use a blow-off tube in a pint jar of water


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Old 04-13-2014, 08:14 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot! I'm near Atlanta, Ga, where humidity isn't very dry. The total time between checking the air lock will be less than 60 hours. As a first time brewer, I am naturally worried about every aspect of the process.


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I've got one fermenting now that is going on two weeks in the fermenter. Haven't touched the airlock and it's still plenty full. So like mentioned above unless you're in a really dry climate, which you're not, you'll be good and even then I doubt it would be a problem.

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys. I can't wait to taste how it turns out!!

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