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Old 04-18-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default Noob: To airlock or not to airlock the primary?

Hey guys (& gals), congrats to everyone for contributing to such a great site...its awesome.

Ok, enough sucking up....I`m using a malt extract kit and I was simply wondering, for my primary, should I be using an airlock or is that only necessary in the secondary??

(I`ve looked around the site but was unable to find any concrete answers to my question)

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Old 04-18-2008, 04:27 AM   #2
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Are you asking whether you should use an airlock or a blowoff tube? That's a debatable subject. But if you're asking if you need an airlock on your fermenter as opposed to just being open then you definitely want an airlock.

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Old 04-18-2008, 04:32 AM   #3
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Well my question is whether i should simply leave the lid on the primary fermentor (without snapping it shut) or snap the lid shut with an airlock...
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Oh. They'll accomplish the same thing for you essentially. They will both let c02 escape while reducing the risk of bacterial infection by keeping the fermentation covered. As long as you have enough headspace in your fermenter I would say just use an airlock just to keep everything sealed up tight. Just preference really.

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snap the lid shut with an airlock

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awesome...just wanted to make sure everything was alright. I`ll most probably be putting an airlock tomorrow morning, thanks again!!!

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I second the recommendation to snap the lid and use an airlock. If it's a hefe then you might want to use a blowoff, or if it's a 5 gal batch in a 5 gal carboy I would advise a blowoff. A loose lid on a fermenting bucket will only tempt you to constantly peek, all the while possibly exposing your wort to nasties. If there's some one else around, they might even do something silly like stick their finger in and give your brew a swirl, just to see how it tastes. Don't laugh, it's been done before.

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hehe, alright. Actually it`s a redwood ale. The plan was to make 23 liters (in one of those fermentation buckets) but i might have added an extra 0.5L...do you still recomend the blowoff over the airlock??

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I use a blow off for the primary all of the time.
1) Because I have it.
2) Because I would feel an idiot if I had it, needed it and didn't use it.
3) You never really know what kind of fermentation you are going to get.
4) I don't like to feel like an idiot.

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I use a blow off for the primary all of the time.
1) Because I have it.
2) Because I would feel an idiot if I had it, needed it and didn't use it.
3) You never really know what kind of fermentation you are going to get.
4) I don't like to feel like an idiot.
+1 on all points
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