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Old 02-11-2006, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Fermentation lock fill level?

Silly question but I can never seem to get the water right in the thing. Does it matter if there is too much or too little? Is there a rule of thumb? Mine is a simple, standard three-peice device - the most common one I think. Lock, thimble-like piece that moves and lid with small holes for venting.

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Old 02-12-2006, 12:32 AM   #2
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I just pour some tap water in. Fill and cap it at the tap.Too much will flow into the sink. Long as it is above the holes in the thimble, you are good. Last batch semed to evaporate, so I added more. Probably one of the least critical things in brewing.

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Old 02-12-2006, 12:40 AM   #3
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You risk getting air-lock water in your beer if you do that. Fill em half way. Most have a line.

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Thanks. I'm not concerned about it having any affect, just wondering how high to fill it :-D

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Oh, thank you! Perhaps there can be an effect. Ahh the subtleties of brewing ;-)

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Don't use regular water, you risk contamination. Buy a small spray bottle--your homebrew supply store should carry them.
http://www.morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=15983

When brewing, fill the spray bottle with Star San solution or whatever you normally use when sanitizing the rest of the stuff. Great for spraying on fingers and any equipment for quick sanitation. Then use the spray bottle to fill your airlock, it allows you to add precise amounts. Keep the spray bottle right by your fermentor in case you have to touch anything, like if your airlock blows off.

THIS WORKS GREAT!

The sanitation solution isn't effective forever, but certainly is good long enough for 2 or 3 weeks during fermentation and bottling.

What ever you do, start using sanitized water for your airlock.

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I would rather use clean water in a sanitized air lock than put sanitizer in my lock, at the risk of introducing sanitizer into my beer. Vodka is a good middle ground on that one, I think.

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A tiny amount of sanitized water won't have any effect on the beer, except to keep the kooties out. It's a simple thing to keep it clean and cheaper than vodka.

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I'm sure glad I found these forums, what an excellent resource. My previous homebrew forum experience has been post, get answer six months later. This is nice :-D Can't wait to reciprocate advice as I get more experienced. I'm on my seventh batch currently two of which were MrBeer prior to discovering the real deal. Well, almost - I'm still extract but plan on transitioning to all-grain when my skills are a little better overall with the process.

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I would rather use clean water in a sanitized air lock than put sanitizer in my lock, at the risk of introducing sanitizer into my beer. Vodka is a good middle ground on that one, I think.
We use Popov Vodka. Works great as a degreaser as well.
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