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Old 01-24-2014, 05:27 PM   #11
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Look at what he's saying. "S" type airlock,with the end below the surface of the beer. It sounds like he's using a bucket the size of the batch volume.
yeah its pretty full, but there is a good few inches between the beer and the lid so there is room for foam and co2 etc. im just gonna keep a close eye on it now. im just hoping that the airlock hasnt contaminated after sitting in the liquid. pretty sure i sanitized it well enough though.
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I would rig up a blow off tube if it were mine...my $0.02.

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So how big is the bucket & how much beer is in it? Like 5 gallons in a 5.5 gallon bucket?

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So how big is the bucket & how much beer is in it? Like 5 gallons in a 5.5 gallon bucket?
surposed to hold 5 gallons, but total volume is probably 5.5. there is just over 5 gallons of liquid. i am now more concerned that the brown specks on the foam (which i hear are normal) are all concentrated where the airlock had been submerged. I really hope this isnt a sign of oxidisation or infection. need this batch to taste amazing!!
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surposed to hold 5 gallons, but total volume is probably 5.5. there is just over 5 gallons of liquid. i am now more concerned that the brown specks on the foam (which i hear are normal) are all concentrated where the airlock had been submerged. I really hope this isnt a sign of oxidisation or infection. need this batch to taste amazing!!
No guarentees, but I'd be willing to bet on NO contamination/infection.
You'll be fine. You're making beer, what could be better?
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A 6 to 6.5 gallon bucket for a 5 gallon batch would be better. With virtually no head space,that's an accident looking for a place to happen.

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I hope to some day, maybe when I've been brewing as long as Yooper or Denny, to be able to say "I've made every mistake in the book". Not there yet, but I've sure made my share, including having the end of the airlock below the surface. Like you, I caught it in time.

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With no headspace, be prepared for gunk to come out of that airlock. Now's a good time to rig up a blowoff tube like NivekD suggested.

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I wouldn't worry about the brown specs...probably just yeast. The fact that they are all crowded around the place where the airlock made contact is because it provided something for them to stick to. No worries but I would advise going with a blow off tube for sure as posted above.

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