I'm fairly confident I can answer this myself, but when we're talking about 5 gallons of Christmas gifts (and winter warmth), I can't help but double-check:
I'm about to brew my third batch of beer. I currently have two beers in primary fermentation: one in an Ale Pail with an airlock, and the second in a carboy with a large blow-off tube going into a bucket with One-Step & water.
This week I want to start a Christmas ale, so I have a good 3 months to let it mature and come into its own. This is an extract kit from Midwest Homebrewing here in MN. In any case, it looks to be a fairly high-gravity brew. I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so I'm trying to be very cautious about possible messes, particularly since I'm sometimes gone for 12-14 hours a day and could very quickly lose my damage deposit.
Given my concerns about messes, I'm planning on using a blow-off tube from the carboy, rather than an airlock. The question is: can I have the blow-off tube go into the same bucket (with One-Step and water) as the other blow-off tube?
I assume the answer is yes, given that the water is just acting as a seal. But being new to homebrew (I started two weeks ago), I thought it best to double-check.
Oh, and since I'm already writing this, I'll note that I do have an empty Ale Pail with airlock sitting around, but I'm absolutely petrified about spillover from overactive fermentation. Am I just being too paranoid?