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Old 10-27-2011, 03:09 PM   #11
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You do know the offgas from brewing beer is an aphrodisiac, Dont you? I had to move mine to the basement because SWMBO wouldn't let me get ANY sleep!!!
If that's the truth I may move mine INTO the bedroom!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:12 PM   #12
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If that's the truth I may move mine INTO the bedroom!!
+1 to that. Thanks for all the good advice guys. I usually am able to keep my apt at about 70 degrees and was hoping that with a swamp cooler, and light breeze from my fan it will be able to maintain 63-65. As for the blow off tube ordeal, I was just going to use an airlock since I have a 6 gallon carboy. I figure that it will already be in a swamp cooler, so on the off chance that anything comes out, it will just go into the bucket and i can deal with it then. I shouldn't need a blowoff tube with a 6 gallon carboy right?
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:15 PM   #13
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The mess was awful so I take no responsibility for the answer I'm about to give...

I think with that size you'd be ok, but I'd still have a backup plan... just in case.

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Old 10-27-2011, 03:18 PM   #14
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I shouldn't need a blowoff tube with a 6 gallon carboy right?
Famous last words?? Plenty of brewers claim to use a blow off tube for the first few days of fermentation regardless of what beer it is and then they switch to an airlock after a few days. There are many variables during fermentation and if not entirely controlled you could easily have a need for one even if you don't think you do. BTW common practice is using a 6 - 6 1/2 gallon carboy for primary so you are definitely still susceptible.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:18 PM   #15
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I always do a blowoff tube the first 3-5 days, then switch to an airlock for the balance of primary. Never had a mess and not planning on trying for one.

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It's not like a blow-off tube is expensive. Very inexpensive insurance, I'd say.

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Old 10-27-2011, 03:20 PM   #17
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whats the best/cheapest/easiest way to make a blow off tube?

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Food-grade tubing that either fits into the top of your carboy, or fits on the inner "up-tube" (that must be the techy name!!) of your airlock. Run it down into a bucket with sanitizer.

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Many LHBS sell tubes with the diameter to fit nicely into your carboy. Some only sell smaller diameter tubes but you can buy a carboy cap for that or find one that fits into your rubber bung.

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Old 10-27-2011, 03:31 PM   #20
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LHBS seem to be a bit of a problem. There is only one that i know of near me, and it seems a little bit sketchy/overpriced/not fully stocked. But maybe I am being too harsh. I will try to go to HD this weekend and see what I can rig up

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