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Old 10-28-2010, 02:31 PM   #11
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Also, if you don't want to rig a blow-off tube, the 3-part fermentation locks are much easier to clean if the krausen gets into the lock. The s-bend locks look cooler, but are in fact a pain in the ass to keep clean.
Totally agree. I can't stand the S shape airlocks.


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Old 10-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #12
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Blow off tubes for ALL primaries, airlocks for after the krausen falls or secondaries.

If there was a 10 commandments of brewing this would be 2nd after sanitize anything that touches your wort/beer post boil IMO.

I have NEVER had to clean up a giant mess, I have had to empty blowoff buckets.



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Old 10-28-2010, 05:03 PM   #13
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What's a blowoff look like?

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Old 10-28-2010, 05:18 PM   #14
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post #4 shows one using the 3-piece connecting it. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/blow-off-tube-bucket-178567/

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Old 10-28-2010, 05:50 PM   #15
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looks easy enough to make...similar to a bubbler you see on hho car systems...

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Old 10-28-2010, 06:08 PM   #16
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Does that really work well? Any issues you have to be aware of?
It work really good and never had a issue. It also works good at stoping boil over while brewing.
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I just use a hose that fits snugly in the airlock grommet and put the hose into a half full jug/bottle whatever of water with star san in it. I have some airlocks cuz I bought them when I started but I use blow off tubes on everything pretty much and when I get a new fermenter I don't buy an airlock for it.

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I generally use the same 5/16th? vinyl tubing used on everything. I jam 1 end into the bung or grommet. The other end gets submerged and makes a 1/2 loop into a bucket with starsan inside. So simple, it should be a Geico commercial.

I got my buckets from a deli for free, I just had to ask for some that had lids. I then cut a small hole in the lid for the tube.

post #8 has a nice pic here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/blow-off-tube-question-153104/

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What's a blowoff look like?
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What keeps a big enough pressure change from sucking water up into your beer?



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