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Old 11-18-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Make shift Airlock?

Allright, dumb questions. I have a red in my secondary using up my airlock. I never even gave it any thought, and thus started to brew up a batch of wheat for the primary. Problem is, I should have ordered a 2nd airlock, because I only have the one.

Can I use plastic wrap and a rubber band on the secondary (carboy) and steal that airlock for my primary, or is there a better short term answer?

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Old 11-18-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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that should work, or a sanitized balloon (tape it on though, cause they'll fly off.

another idea is a blowoff tube for your primary, which is generally not a bad idea anyway.

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What are you using for a primary? Bucket or carboy? If it is a bucket get some tubing (not sure of the diameter as I have not used a bucket) that fits in the hole in the lid. If it is a carboy use a 1" ID piece of tubing, it will fit snugly in the mouth of the carboy. In either case put the other end of the tube in a large jar with sanitizer in it.

I would keep the airlock on the clearing tank.

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Thanks guys... the tubing from my auto-syphon fits the hole in the lid of my fermenter (plastic bucket)... I'll go with that route.

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another idea is a blowoff tube for your primary, which is generally not a bad idea anyway.
It's a particularly good idea since wheats tend to be lively/foamy in the primary anyhow.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:36 AM   #6
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Also, I was talking to an old school homebrewer at work the other day. He was saying they used small diameter tubes and sealing wax to create an airlock. I would simply add that to your tube as a way to positively seal it.

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