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Old 11-21-2012, 01:39 AM   #11
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The small glass and plastic device (that you half fill with water) sat in the whole at the top of the carboy, without the stopper. This is my first batch.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:48 AM   #12
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The small glass and plastic device (that you half fill with water) sat in the whole at the top of the carboy, without the stopper. This is my first batch.
Well that certainly would have let it breath well!

I was having a hard time picturing it also, and an airlock in your bung didn't create a pretty picture.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:42 AM   #13
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an airlock in your bung didn't create a pretty picture.
WOW, we really did not need to go there, did we? Now I have a horrible mental picture that just will not go away!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #14
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an airlock in your bung didn't create a pretty picture.

So wait?! It's bubbling!? Am I fermenting??? O_o
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #15
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It's fine, at least you had something in there. Chalk it up to rookie mistake.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #16
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It's fine, at least you had something in there. Chalk it up to rookie mistake.
Roger that!
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:51 AM   #17
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The purpose of the airlock is to let gasses escape while excluding unwanted items from falling into your fermenter. Once fermentation has started there will be gasses coming out that will preclude bacteria from entering and once your beer has completed the fermentation, there will be enough alcohol to retard any bacteria too. Beer can be fermented in open containers without much worries so you should have no worries at all.

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:51 PM   #18
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The purpose of the airlock is to let gasses escape while excluding unwanted items from falling into your fermenter. Once fermentation has started there will be gasses coming out that will preclude bacteria from entering and once your beer has completed the fermentation, there will be enough alcohol to retard any bacteria too. Beer can be fermented in open containers without much worries so you should have no worries at all.
Yup I agree! Like I said vefore I wouldt worry to much. But try and bot let that misyake happen again.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:05 PM   #19
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I gotta admit, my first batch had the airlock installed, but no water or sanitizer in the airlock, which defeats the purpose of the airlock. I was wondering why there were no bubbles!! DUH!!

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:06 PM   #20
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I still cannot picture what was used.

OP says glass on glass contact? Airlock and bung? No rubber stopper. And that the airlock was used by itself? Without using a drilled stopper/bung my airlocks would just drop into the wort through the neck of my Better Bottles.

If the opening was covered so that dust etc could not fall into the wort your beer will be fine. There is enough co2 produced to stop any o2 from oxidizing the beer and keep microbes out.

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