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Old 08-25-2006, 04:53 PM   #1
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Vodka or water - which should I use in the airlock?

Do I need to user a sanitizer in the airlock water, or can I simple boil the water for 10 minutes?

I've brewed three batches to date, and I've been using tap water in the airlock without adding any sanitizer to the water. So far, my beer (all of them ales) have been great - no baterial infection.

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Old 08-25-2006, 04:57 PM   #2
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I always use water that I have used as my one step sanitizer.... put that in the airlock and let er rip... never had an issue either.

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Old 08-25-2006, 05:16 PM   #3
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One-Step will not last forever...it does break down.

Me? I use whiskey.

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Probably more important is how clean is your house? ha ha I have never used spirits in the airlock, I am sure it works well, but I have never had an issue. My beer seems to be pretty darn resilient after the primary ferment is completed...

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Old 08-25-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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Everclear and water
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I use a weak iodophor solution.

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Would rum work??? I have alot of rum from my recent vacation to Jamaica... and I am not a huge rum fan

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What kinda rum did you buy?

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Didnt buy it, won it during different competitions at Sandals down there... it is Appleton Rum

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Ahhh work calls, back to Chicago, then Buffalo, then back to Chicago, then home to Indianapolis... let me know if the Appleton will work though!

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