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Old 11-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #11
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All I have ever used is just water (no star-san, no nothing) in the jug I use for my blowoff tube. I've brewed many a beer and never had a contamination issue.

I do use a little star-san in my 3-piece airlocks though. Since there is always a possibility of some of that dripping in to the beer.

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I use star-san or perhaps a bit of One-Step (no foam) just in case. Recently with the cooler weather, I start the carboy in the garage. From pitching, it will drop another 8-14F which creates some suction and most recently moved it to where the hose came out of the liquid and there goes an ounce or so of solution up and into the carboy LOL oops! Had another brew that I put the 3-piece airlock and took me a second to figure out why the inside piece was sucked down on the hole. I just play it safe. Cheers!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:57 PM   #12
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This is all very reassuring. Made a scotch ale and don't want to lose it this time. It's been about 7 days so I think I can take this blow off tube and replace it with an airlock.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:18 AM   #13
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Once you have very obvious fermentation, if it doesn't blow up in say 3 days, you are probably good (depending on the temp)

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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It's been fermenting for 7 days at 65/66. I'd say most of the fermentation has passed, the top is caked with residue and though I can't see it, the krausen might have fallen in by now. Safe to put an airlock on it right?

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:44 PM   #15
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I think so.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:23 PM   #16
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Or just leave it be. The blow off tube in a jug with water/soloution/fluid is an airlock.

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