The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > How to stop airlock gunk from getting in fermenter when moving fermenter...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
Poincare
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 37
Default How to stop airlock gunk from getting in fermenter when moving fermenter...

Hi. Searched for 'airlock', 'sanitizer', 'fermenter' and various combinations but couldn't find anything. Anyway, I've had my fermenter in a swamp cooler here:



and (I've had this problem in the past) when I move the fermenter the crude in the airlock gets sucked into the beer because of pressure or whatnot. Just wondering how people move their fermenters without all that gunk getting sucked into the fermenter?

Should I just give the fermenter a big squeeze and blow all that crude out the airlock, then move it, then put some new sanitizer water back in the airlock?

This is for getting the fermenter ready so I can transfer to bottles.

__________________
Poincare is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:10 PM   #2
beerkrump
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Triune, TN
Posts: 2,124
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Pop the lid a little to break the seal and take off the air lock.

__________________
beerkrump is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
Zen_Brew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,921
Liked 22 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I have read that putting the fermetor in like a milk crate helps a lot as you lift the crate not the fermentor and do not get as much flex in the fermentor.

For me I ferment in a better bottle and swap over to one of their dry trap airlocks when I need to move the fermentor. It uses an internal ball valve to let air escape but not let outside air in.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingc...tion-Lock.html

This airlock fits in a standard stopper so can be used anywhere you use a standard liquid airlock.

__________________
Primary: German Hef, Belgian IPA, Scottish 80, Belgian Dubbel
On Tap: Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong, Munich Dunkel, Dunkel Weizen, Oktoberfest, Bock, IPA, Black IPA, English IPA, Pale Ale

Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Using your senses to look for reality is awareness.

"One time I was so desperate for a beer I snuck into the football stadium and ate the dirt under the bleachers." Homer Simpson

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

Last edited by Zen_Brew; 07-21-2009 at 09:17 PM. Reason: inserted better link
Zen_Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:13 PM   #4
Poincare
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 37
Default

Uhh.. won't that expose the beer to the outside air (by removing the airlock?!) and increase the potential for contamination?

__________________
Poincare is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:14 PM   #5
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,968
Liked 251 Times on 135 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I don't get crud in my airlocks. I do fill them with vodka and if I get suck back, I don't really care. It just adds to abv.

__________________
EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:22 PM   #6
Zen_Brew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,921
Liked 22 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Poincare View Post
Uhh.. won't that expose the beer to the outside air (by removing the airlock?!) and increase the potential for contamination?
Removing the airlock does allow a very brief exposure to outside air and oxygen but it is minimal. Plus you have alcohol and hops in there which make for a very low chance of contamination. Usually if I am moving the fermentor I am getting ready to do a transfer to a different container anyway so the beer is going to see a bit of exposure to the outside air anyway unless you transfer in a closed loop system.

Also +1 for EdWort's vodka suggestion. I usually use vodka in my airlocks as well just in case.
__________________
Primary: German Hef, Belgian IPA, Scottish 80, Belgian Dubbel
On Tap: Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Dark Strong, Munich Dunkel, Dunkel Weizen, Oktoberfest, Bock, IPA, Black IPA, English IPA, Pale Ale

Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Using your senses to look for reality is awareness.

"One time I was so desperate for a beer I snuck into the football stadium and ate the dirt under the bleachers." Homer Simpson

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

Last edited by Zen_Brew; 07-21-2009 at 09:24 PM.
Zen_Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:23 PM   #7
Poincare
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 37
Default

Ooohh, that better bottle with dry airlock looks sweet. Gotta slap one of those on my x-mas list.

So.... should I crack the fermenter lid a little to release some pressure in the fermenter so when moving it, ever so gently, it won't blow out...but then it woulc also suck outside air in from the crack in the lid....

__________________
Poincare is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 09:29 PM   #8
Trubadour
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Frisco, TX
Posts: 451
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EdWort View Post
I don't get crud in my airlocks. I do fill them with vodka and if I get suck back, I don't really care. It just adds to abv.
+1000000000000
__________________
...Cause it's the dank!

My Keezer
Trubadour is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 10:04 PM   #9
beerkrump
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Triune, TN
Posts: 2,124
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

Default

dry airlock = aluminum foil

Beer is not fragile. Prior to bottling, the fermenter is a pretty inhospitable place. It is acidic, alcoholic, covered in a layer of CO2, and inhabited by tens of billions of yeast. Remember rule number one, relax.

As Loius Pastuer showed, just because a solution is exposed to air, it doesn't mean that bacteria are going to get in it. Microbes need a vector.

__________________
beerkrump is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-21-2009, 10:13 PM   #10
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,801
Liked 2707 Times on 1626 Posts
Likes Given: 3483

Default

I have starsan in my airlocks so if it gets in, it is sanitizer and nothing "gunky" and has no effect on my beer whatsoever.

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moving fermenter daveooph131 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 09-14-2009 03:13 AM
When moving to a secondary fermenter..... ohill1981 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 12-10-2008 09:08 AM
Moving fermenter JLC030 Extract Brewing 6 08-05-2008 08:11 PM
Gunk on the TOP of my primary fermenter toadfuller Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 03-25-2008 02:01 AM
Floating gunk in the fermenter mehron Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-03-2007 04:36 AM