Originally Posted by stevecaaster
Hello everyone, I have just brewed my third batch yesterday and I used gin in my airlock, as I have seen vodka recommended instead of using water.
My first question is was it OK to use gin instead of vodka? was there anything I missed reguarding alcohol choice?
My second question is : i seemed to have encountered some negative pressure in my fermenter because there is about half the amount of gin in the airlock than i put in it yesterday. Is it bad that some gin got sucked into my wort?
One more question... The instructions that came with my kit and the three recipe kits i have used so far warn against the temperature of the wort/room dropping below 68. they say fermentation will stop. The room temp has been bouncing around at about 63 - 69 degrees farenheit their entire existance. I know ales are ok between 58 to 78 or so, but could it be true that these specific ales can not be below 68, or are the directions a bit exagerated?
Thank you very much for your help, have a nice day
1. There is nothing wrong with using gin. If you use enough of it it would add some flavour to the beer, but the tiny amount in the airlock won't do a thing.
2. That is the reason a lot of guys use vodka or gin instead of water, the suck back. The alcohol won't get any nasties in it so you don't need to worry about infection.
3. The beer won't suddenly stop fermenting if you drop below 68F, the temperature of the wort is what is important, not the air temperature. With the room temps you mentioned your wort should be just about perfect.