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Old 01-24-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Malfunctioning Airlock

I'm curious if anyone else has had this experience. I'm on my 4th brew now, and for whatever reason, I never see the bubbles in my airlock. There's water in the airlock to the fill line, and the beer is fermenting; foam and everything. And my last two beers turned out just fine [first one, not so much].

I just don't get it, and am wondering if it sounds like I should replace the airlock or if there's something that I'm missing. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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Your seal isn't airtight.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:16 AM   #3
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Yep. Bucket I'm guessing?

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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Post a close shot pic, we will get it straight

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You probably have a leak some where.

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There is no brewing law that requires your fermentor lid to be airtight. Yes it's nice to see the bubbles so you know fermentation has started, but it is not necessary. I have a couple of buckets that do not seal airtight and they still make great beer.

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I'm curious if anyone else has had this experience. I'm on my 4th brew now, and for whatever reason, I never see the bubbles in my airlock. There's water in the airlock to the fill line, and the beer is fermenting; foam and everything. And my last two beers turned out just fine [first one, not so much].

I just don't get it, and am wondering if it sounds like I should replace the airlock or if there's something that I'm missing. Thanks in advance.
Time heals all lol.. you already know you have fermentation so RDWHAHB i have buckets that never seal and 2 years later i still look to see if it will mysteriously start sealing lol

Dang they make great beer so ill hold on to them lol
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What does RDWHAHB mean exactly? I'm not keen on these long acronyms.

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Relax don't worry have ******

Cmon fill in the blanks lol
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Thanks. I think I will!

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