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Old 12-02-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Hi- I pitched my yeast just about 18 hours ago and can't seem to keep the airlock filed at the fill line. It keeps dripping back into the carboy. Not seeing any foam in the carboy either yet. I'm probably just paranoid but wanted to check anyway.

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Old 12-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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The wort is probably cooling down, since you pitched, so the pressure differential is pulling the water from your airlock into your brew. As long as you've got a starsan solution, or vodka, in the airlock you won't have anything to worry about.

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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I have reverse osmosis water in the airlock...no vodka. Could add gin.

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I have reverse osmosis water in the airlock...no vodka. Could add gin.
Use the gin. Plain water won't stop bacteria.

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p.s. I used gin on my first batch because I didn't have any vodka on hand and had yet to rig a blow off tube.
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Cool. Should I keep adding gin even if the pressure hasn't balanced out yet and it keeps dripping? Or let the airlock stay less full and add more after the pressure balances out and it stops dripping?

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Cool. Should I keep adding gin even if the pressure hasn't balanced out yet and it keeps dripping? Or let the airlock stay less full and add more after the pressure balances out and it stops dripping?

A stitch in time saves nine

The gin will be better than water and, I'd imagine you won't have any problems but, swapping out the water for the gin now will put you in a better situation.
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Cool. Should I keep adding gin even if the pressure hasn't balanced out yet and it keeps dripping? Or let the airlock stay less full and add more after the pressure balances out and it stops dripping?
I would think that the negative pressure from cooling would stop quite soon. If nothing else put a sanitized piece of saran wrap over the hole till it starts to ferment.

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if you have the tubing to rig a blow off tube, do that and drink the gin.

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I normally use cheap vodka. or starsan.

I would switch over asap. What temp is the wort at?

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I would star san the bung area well.. pull the airlock and cover the bung with saran wrap.. Then put the airlock on the counter after drying the stopper... add some water, vodka or whatever and see if it is the airlock that's leaking or not. I seriously doubt it's the airlock.. but, it's an easy check. If it is.. chuck it.. if not.. re starsan everything and replace it back on the carboy/bucket.

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