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Old 06-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Airlock dried up

I've brewed about 12 batches and never had my airlock dry up. I last checked it 2 days ago and it was fine, brew day was 9 days ago and was about to go to the secondary but found the airlock almost empty. Is this batch now contaminated and need to be tossed or am I still ok?

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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It should be fine. You the some pressure built up in the carboy that will help keep stuff out. I fill my airlock with vodka or bourbon to keep it from drying out.

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #3
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It should be fine; what did you have in it? Water? Alcohol? What was the room temperature?

I would continue as planned with this batch.

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Nine days and it dried out, I would be looking for a leak. Would not be worried about it though.

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help, I use water, never heard of using alcohol, will give it a try. The temp on my strip on the 5 gallon bucket has been very steady at 73 degrees.

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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is it in a basement? near a small dehumidifier or something? that would dry it out in 9 days depending on the size of the room.

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Nasties on the air still have to follow the laws of gravity. And there is positive pressure in your fermenter from CO2 production. Sanitize and refill and you'll be fine.

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It is in the basement, my daughter had moved it carefully but I realized she put it near the air intake for the central air, I moved it away and going to let it sit until tomorrow night then go to the carboy. The air intake may have been the problem.

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