Originally Posted by uwjester
I'd be a bit careful doing this. It seems like one potential problem would be the hole at the bottom of the airlock getting clogged. If that happens, you are likely to have a very messy explosion once the pressure builds up and blows the top off the pail. I do all of my hefe batches in a glass carboy now with a huge blowoff tube.
This batch ended up overwhelming the blowoff tube and flowing out of the 1 gallon airlock at the end of the tube. Luckily I caught it early and put the 1 gallon bottle into a plastic bucket (upper right).
Good Point! - However I use a 7.9 gallon pale and my airlocks have an open bottom so I don't have to worry about it much.
I've seen that some have the hole "x" with plastic. I think these would more likely clog.
BTW - your set-up is better if you have whole hops floating around.
Long term a carboy is a good idea. Right now he's got a pale w/ it blowing out.