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Old 04-03-2009, 01:14 AM   #1
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I was pouring about half a gallon of blowoff down the drain when I had a thought. Why not save the blowoff and pour it back into the fermenter once activity dies down? It would be pretty easy to do. Use a stopper with two holes in your blowoff container. One hole is the blowoff tube from the fermenter and the other hole gets an airlock. Thoughts?

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Old 04-03-2009, 01:18 AM   #2
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I have to answer your question with another question- "Why?"

What would you hope to gain from adding the sanitizer-mixed blow off into your beer?

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If you can save JUST the FOAM in a sanitary fashion then yes, thats alot of good yeast but NO NO NO to adding anything back in like you're describing

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With the added airlock you would not need any sanitizing solution in the blowoff container. I suppose I should have made this clear.

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Unnecessary and too risky, IMO.

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Unnecessary and too risky, IMO.
What would you be risking and why?
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I guess if your primary fermenter is too small, you'd lose quite a bit of beer in the blow off. You could use a larger fermenter. I use a 7.5 gallon ale pail bucket- and I've had one beer that needed a blow off.

You could use an extra sanitized fermenter, with an airlock, and divide the wort between them if you don't have a single fermenter big enough for all of the wort.

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What would you be risking and why?
Adding anything back in could cause an infection.
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I guess if your primary fermenter is too small, you'd lose quite a bit of beer in the blow off. You could use a larger fermenter. I use a 7.5 gallon ale pail bucket- and I've had one beer that needed a blow off.

You could use an extra sanitized fermenter, with an airlock, and divide the wort between them if you don't have a single fermenter big enough for all of the wort.
Both of these options have their own drawbacks, mainly cost. I just started using a couple 6 gallon better bottles because I'd like to be able to see what is going on in there. I'm not about to abandon them or use both on a single batch. I'd like to know what you think of my idea now that you know I'm not talking about puring sanitizer into my primary. The way I see it is you are essentially increasing the volume of your fermenter.
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Adding anything back in could cause an infection.
Where would the infection come from? The way I see it is the whole apparatus would be one big container.
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