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brewawan 02-17-2007 05:19 PM

How important is this?
Well, I was wrapping up my second brew (Irish Red Ale) and after an hour of trying to get the wort down to 88 degrees, I pitched the yeast and sealed it. I put the airlock on I filled it to the line. I had to jumped on a plane the next morning so I was able to watch when fermentation begins. When my better half came back into town (about 36 hours later) she said it was bubbling. Making a long story short, when I came home I noticed that the amount of vodka in the airlock wasn't high enough to make the CO2 push the piece up. So when I put a little more vodka in, it continued to bubble normally for another 12 hours.
Did I seriously mess up here, and is the wort oxygenated? Or can I move it to clearing carboy here in the next day or two? If anybody needs further explanations I can but I was just wondering if anyone has been through something similar?

Orpheus 02-17-2007 05:22 PM

Since it was bubbling when you left it, and it was still bubbling when you refilled the airlock, you are probably safe to assume that the fermentation was pushing a steady stream of CO2 out of the carboy, so no worries. Nothing is likely to have gotten past the CO2 blowing out!


Geordiepete 02-17-2007 06:06 PM

I once completley forgot to put anything in my airlock,

Lesson to self : Don't get too drunk while homebrewing

I realized about 3 days later, brew turned out great anyway! ;)

Jim Karr 02-17-2007 06:51 PM

Relax, don't worry......have a homebrew! You're OK. If it was bubbling to start with, you had a steady flow of CO2 coming out; nothing else could go in.

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