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Old 01-17-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hi, first time brewer here...will I ever need to add water to the Airlock during fermentation? Also, a couple of drops of water from the airlock got into the carboy when i was tapping the airlock. Maybe I slightly overfilled the airlock? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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You should use vodka, starsan, or distilled water in your airlock. I wouldn't worry about the few drops though.

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I rarely have to add water to it.

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Hi, first time brewer here...will I ever need to add water to the Airlock during fermentation? Also, a couple of drops of water from the airlock got into the carboy when i was tapping the airlock. Maybe I slightly overfilled the airlock? Thanks for any advice.
Welcome Scott.

I'd think you'd only have to add liquid to your airlock if it's an extended fermentation (> 5-6 weeks or longer)

No worries on the water into the carboy. I use water. Others use starsan or vodka. YMMV.
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I would always keep vodka in there. Just buy the cheapest you can find

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I use cheap vodka in my airlocks and I found that I did have to top them back up to the "fill" line again after 1-week of fermentation. I live in Florida so not sure if the climate here has something to do with it.

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