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Old 05-04-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Okay, so I made a brew with grape juice, put a condom over it for the airlock (it is lubricated D, and poked a good bit, maybe 6-7 holes in the top. Now a couple of the holes are sort of big, a little bit larger than a pen poke, but no larger than a tiny crumb. Is that too much for the oxygen to get in and contaminate it? Please help me.

So I put it on a couple days ago, and the condom has NOT inflated yet. Should I give it time to work? The process is working, for I see and hear the Co2 bubble sizzling.

If this does not work, can I simply screw th cap back on the bottle, and unscrew it a turn to let the pressure out, would that work?

Please help me, I would really like my brew to be successful.
Answers are much appriciated.

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Go to your local home brew shop & get a proper airlock & stopper. That'll work better toward keeping air out.

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Go to your local home brew shop & get a proper airlock & stopper. That'll work better toward keeping air out.
Um... That didn't answer my questions :|
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Um... That didn't answer my questions :|
I do not think that your condom setup sounds like it will work as well as a proper airlock setup.
Go to your LHBS and get a proper airlock or rig yourself a blowoff setup.
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Um... That didn't answer my questions :|
yeah it did.
brewing cheap is one thing, intentionally using the worst equipment possible is another.
Get a $1.00 airlock, or a stopper with a hole, a hose and a jar or water/sanitizer.

juice wine CAN be good, but it needs a little bit of effort and care.
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I recommend using a blow off either way. I've had many problems with airlocks getting clogged. I'm probably not experienced enough to be giving my 2c on this, but you're probably fine with the amount of air getting in. I've read a lot about people brewing with open air fermenters without trouble. Many people swear by this technique claiming that it is less strenuous on the yeast.

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+1 to the airlock.

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I do not think that your condom setup sounds like it will work as well as a proper airlock setup.
Go to your LHBS and get a proper airlock or rig yourself a blowoff setup.
I don't think there are any local home brewing shops :/
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If there isn't a local brew shop use a giant balloon no holes... but it must be a large or giant for room to expand... then order an airlock online instead of making jailhouse booze.

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If there isn't a local brew shop use a giant balloon no holes... but it must be a large or giant for room to expand... then order an airlock online instead of making jailhouse booze.
I have thought about ordering it online. I found one for $ .99

but do you think screwing the cap back on the bottle, then screwing it off about a turn to let air out would work?
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