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Old 01-09-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
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I just checked my primary and the airlock has brown water in it, I can tell the beer has made its way to the airlock water. what should I do?

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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Just pull it, clean it, reinstall it, add sanitizer water to it again and done. I usually keep some sanitizer in a spray bottle and spray down the stopper and airlock before pulling to insure nothing creeps its way in, but you will be fine pulling it.

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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Use a blowoff for your next batch too.

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Mouth to airlock before the beer gets wasted.

I am guessing you need a blowoff tube and perhaps a look at the temp. I pretty much put a blow off tube in everytime. It only takes one time for a krousen explosion in the wifes closet to really piss her off

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Yeah great points made about using a blow off tube next time. A clogged airlock = not a good time. Blow off for the first few days of fermentation, put the airlock on after the main activity is over.

I have also destroyed a closet with a clogged airlock.

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Blow off for the first few days of fermentation, put the airlock on after the main activity is over.
Or just leave the blow-off tube on. It will be fine.
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Or just leave the blow-off tube on. It will be fine.
Yeah usually I do leave it, but sometimes I cant't help myself and I have to fiddle with things.

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I dont think too much got into the airlock, the water level was below the inlet tube, my main concern was having it go back into the wort, I dont think that hapened.

This is my firs IPA I cant believe the activity, It is on day 3 and its still going crazy! I think my issue was that I filled the 6.5 gallon bucket to 6 gallons of wort.

I put a new sanitized airlock in and will watch this over the next 24 hours to see if a blow off tube is needed. I think I'm past the need for that, but who the hek knows. There's somthing to be learned every day!

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I would just use a blowoff tube now that way you don't have to keep worring about it

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I just checked my primary and the airlock has brown water in it, I can tell the beer has made its way to the airlock water. what should I do?
Check out the pics from my current brew:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/seco...p-pics-379841/

I had the same situation (beer in airlock) and I'm really glad I switched to a blowoff tube.

Just switched back to airlock tonight.
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