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eller_13 01-05-2013 04:11 PM

Fermentation Issue
 
I am brewing an IPA and am having some issues with my s shaped airlock. I fill the airlock with water/star san mixture and the fermentation is so aggressive that it pushes the liquid out and my airlock is dry after about 1-2 hours. I am fermenting in a plastic bucket.

Please provide some advice on what to do.

Should I get a three-piece?

CastleHollow 01-05-2013 04:13 PM

Blow off tube. Remove the airlock & gasket on the bucket, insert a sanitized 3/8" tubing into the hole and then run the other end into container of starsan or cleaner. When initial fermentation settles down after a few days, reinsert the gasket and airlock.

Toadsticker 01-05-2013 04:49 PM

Seconded. ^^ In my setup, the racking hose is the perfect size to fit the grommet. Just pull the airlock, sanitize the hose and insert about 2 or 3 inches, other end in starsan.

F250 01-05-2013 05:05 PM

^^^ Thirded. :D

Definitely sounds like a job for a blow off tube.

Rick

eller_13 01-05-2013 05:17 PM

Thanks! I sanitized the the tacking tube and used it, worked like a charm. I am a little nervous because it was dry for multiple hours last night (sleeping). I hope no bacteria got in.

Toadsticker 01-05-2013 06:07 PM

No worries. Some people still use open fermentation, others use loose lids with no airlocks. You'll be fine.

F250 01-05-2013 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eller_13 (Post 4750088)
Thanks! I sanitized the the tacking tube and used it, worked like a charm. I am a little nervous because it was dry for multiple hours last night (sleeping). I hope no bacteria got in.

Since it's fermenting you have C02 going out, it's doubtful anything got in. :)

Rick

RLinNH 01-05-2013 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eller_13 (Post 4750088)
Thanks! I sanitized the the tacking tube and used it, worked like a charm. I am a little nervous because it was dry for multiple hours last night (sleeping). I hope no bacteria got in.

If your fermentation is aggeresive enough to dry out an air lock in 1-2 hours, then you have no worries about nasty little buggers getting in. With the volume of pressure that is blowing out of that carboy, I am pretty sure that nothing had an opportunity to muscle it's way into your beer. RDWHAHB. :fro:


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