Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Beginners problem with airlock
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
Adebutler
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 11
Default Beginners problem with airlock

Hi all, joined your site today as i have a problem with my airlock,
I have the 2 piece airlock with no instructions of use!

Ive half filled it with water, fitted it put the top piece on, got up this morning and it had pushed all the water out onto the lid of my bucket, is this normal? Do i have to keep topping the water up every few hours or am i missing somethin?

Any help apreciated thanks

__________________
Adebutler is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
DrunkleJon
I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
DrunkleJon's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Posts: 4,558
Liked 1123 Times on 833 Posts
Likes Given: 544

Default

is there still water in the airlock? You may have overfilled. This is the style right?



as long as the liquid level forces any pressure to bubble then you should be ok.

__________________
DrunkleJon is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
tre9er
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,372
Liked 232 Times on 196 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I'm betting it's the S-type airlock. I hate those buggers. They're *supposed* to have water in both sides, but mine always had it on the far side and not much of it.

__________________

_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
tre9er is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
humpadilo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 77
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

It sounds like you had very active yeast. Sometimes when the yeast gets overly active you need a blow off tube. That is where you put tubing in the where the airlock goes and put the other end in a glass of water or someting. Sometimes the yeast just go crazy and there is just to much action for an airlock.

__________________
humpadilo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
Doliss
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Out of curiosity, how do you know when you need a blow off tube or not? Is it certain types of yeast or does that knowledge just come with experience of watching the wort?

__________________
Doliss is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
humpadilo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 77
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

I don't have a lot of experience, but from what I figured out is you will need a blow off with certain yeast. The higher the OG the more active yeast you will need, so put a blowoff tube on. I did a batch that was a little over 1.060, so I decided to double pitch just in case it needed it. I put a blow off tube on it and it still got everywhere. I filled a mason jar halfway up and it was bubbling over like crazy the next day. Also temp has a part to play on how active it gets. Again I am no expert so if anyone can correct me please do. This is just what I have seen from my experience.

__________________
humpadilo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
tre9er
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,372
Liked 232 Times on 196 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doliss View Post
Out of curiosity, how do you know when you need a blow off tube or not? Is it certain types of yeast or does that knowledge just come with experience of watching the wort?
depends on available headspace. Honestly I don't think I ever used one in a 6.5g ale pale with a 5g batch, and now I have a 15g fermenter for 9.25g batches, so haven't needed one there. Carboys generally have more of a problem with the narrow neck, though.
__________________

_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
tre9er is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #8
dozer5454
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Yuba City, ca
Posts: 181
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

I have made beers at 1.057 that went totally crazy and have done ones that were 1.088 that chugged along nice and constant in both buckets and carboys. The head space you leave in the primary will dictate as well as the aggressiveness of the yeast. Best case, you put on a blow off tube and nothing bad happens. Worst case, you don't use one and you wake up only to clean beer off the ceiling.

A blow off tube is just a 3 piece air lock with the lid off and guts removed. Then a 2-3 foot piece of hose going into water/starsan. I think the $2 for piece of mind is worth it. Just an opinion.

__________________
dozer5454 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #9
JeffD1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 156
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I never use an airlock on primary anymore. I've had so many problems with them blowing off, getting clogged etc. There is no downside to the blow off tube that I know off and I see no reason to risk having to deal with an airlock getting clogged. One tip on the blow off tube: use a giant tube that fits snugly in the top of the carboy, this helps prevent the beer from sucking in the sanitizer solution during temp. changes.

__________________

Primary 1: Rootbeer milk stout
Primary 2: Rye IPA
Bottle Conditioning: Strong scotch ale
On Deck: ST. Bernadus ABT 12, OktoberFAST ale
Bottles: Hoegaarden clone, Lemongrass Ginger Wheat beer, Red Rocket Clone, Smuttynose Winterale clone

JeffD1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #10
Adebutler
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 11
Default

Hi guys, its the airlock as in the pic above, its calmed down a little now, bubbling every few seconds still, i have the airlock just bellow half full and its working great will keep you informed

__________________
Adebutler is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Airlock Problem buckdog05 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 04-06-2011 06:17 PM
airlock problem Joedub Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 03-16-2011 01:13 PM
Beginners Mashing Problem mattco353 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 12-01-2010 02:32 PM
Airlock Problem Causedawg Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 07-09-2010 03:50 PM
Uh oh...Airlock problem? jontanner Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 11-12-2006 01:44 PM