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Old 10-20-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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so my fermentation apparently took off much more than i expected (thought I had plenty of room, and temps are a steady 68-70) and now i have krausen and other gunk in my airlock. Do I just leave it? Add some more vodka into it? Take it off, sanitize and add vodka again? thanks.



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Old 10-20-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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i just clean mine out every few days
unless i know its going to be unrulely then i use a blow off hose

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Actually if you have an airlcok blowoff right now it's best to clean, resanitize and install a blowoff tube.

Here's what I do with a 3 piece airlock,



The tube is the one that came with my bottling wand, with a tiny slit in it. I also saw/break off the little chriss/cross at the bottom of the shank, which helps keep goop from getting stuck.

The picture is just for illustation only, you actually want the container of sanitizer to sit below the fermenter.

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haha thanks. i ask the guy at the lhbs about a blowoff tube and he's like, nah, it's a low gravity you'll be fine.

i plan to brew again this week and only have a 5 gal carboy. guess i'll be buying a 6 or 6.5.
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Actually if you have an airlcok blowoff right now it's best to clean, resanitize and install a blowoff tube.

Here's what I do with a 3 piece airlock,



The tube is the one that came with my bottling wand, with a tiny slit in it. I also saw/break off the little chriss/cross at the bottom of the shank, which helps keep goop from getting stuck.

The picture is just for illustation only, you actually want the container of sanitizer to sit below the fermenter.
thanks for the illustration. that should be easy enough to do. now I just have to wait to get home from work...
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Here's what I do with a 3 piece airlock,


and this is what it looks like after I put 5.7 gallons of a big brown ale into a 6.5 ale pail and pitched a big starter at high krausen


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and this is what it looks like after I put 5.7 gallons of a big brown ale into a 6.5 ale pail and pitched a big starter at high krausen
Have you tasted that? You might have a nice small beer there.
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not using a blow-off is just a mistake. setup a blowoff and use it everytime no matter how small the beer is

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not using a blow-off is just a mistake. setup a blowoff and use it everytime no matter how small the beer is
I don't really agree with that. Honestly I've only had one blowoff in the last 3 years of brewing. And I've brewed some big beers, pitched on top of yeast cakes, had a lot of fermentables, all the things you would thing would automatically require one, and they didn't happen.

I believe in having the fixin's handy in case, like a fire extinguisher, but it's a matter of choice in most cases to actually use them as a preventive measure.


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