Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > starsan suckback
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
pyth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 120
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts

Default starsan suckback

So I started an apfelwine brew yesterday, and I used starsan solution in my airlock. After checking on it today,m the fermentation is coming along great, very vigerous, but it's pulled some of the starsan foam from the airlock back into the carboy, and the foam from the apfelwine has turned the solution in the airlock yellow.

Should I change out the airlocks fluid? Will the starsan foam in the carboy hurt anything?

__________________
pyth is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 12:26 AM   #2
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,234
Liked 195 Times on 174 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

Sure, freshen the Star San and no, it won't hurt a thing

__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Hefeweizen, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, Kumquat Saison, Tart Cherry Cider, Belgian Tripel, Maibock Bock, Ommegang Abbey Ale Clone, Belgian Golden Strong, German Pils (WLP830)
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck:
My Site: www.restlesscellars.com
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 01:07 AM   #3
badbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: l.a., ca
Posts: 1,372
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Do you know there is suck back or are you assuming by the color? The color part is normal. The suck back is probably from cold drops which is not great. Try to keep the temps consistent.

__________________
badbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:03 AM   #4
pyth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 120
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Temp is very constant, I'm assuming the suckback by the layer of what seems to be starsan foam on top of the apfelwine. Almost like the vigerous bubbling in the airlock made the starsan foamy, which then got back down into the carboy.

__________________
pyth is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:30 AM   #5
plumbob
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 147
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I doubt you had any suck back. Even if you did with Starsan you've got absolutely zero to worry about.

__________________
Bottles: Standard Deviation Sorghum Steam Beer, Crowded Firetruck Red Ale, Black Tsar RIS
Fermenter: Belgian Dark (but not so strong), GF IPA
On Deck:
plumbob is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:48 AM   #6
badbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: l.a., ca
Posts: 1,372
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I doubt it too. Wait until the bubbles stop coming up through the air lock tube and swap out the air lock if you have another or remove it, place foil on the hole and clean and return it with hard clear liquor inside.

edit: by bubbles I mean wet beer bubbles not normal co2.

__________________
badbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:52 AM   #7
plumbob
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 147
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Oh, and go to the hardware store, buy yourself 4' of tubing for a blowoff hose. Just shove it in the airlock hole and fill an old 2L soda bottle with sanitizer solution for the other end. Instant airlock, no more suckback and no repainting the walls.

Actually, my starters usually live in a 2L bottle and once pitched the 2L bottle ends up as the bottle for the blowoff tube. Better yet if it is the summer time and you are swamp cooling, just shove it in the pool for the swamp cooler.

__________________
Bottles: Standard Deviation Sorghum Steam Beer, Crowded Firetruck Red Ale, Black Tsar RIS
Fermenter: Belgian Dark (but not so strong), GF IPA
On Deck:
plumbob is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:57 AM   #8
Satisfaction
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Brunswick, ME
Posts: 387
Liked 37 Times on 25 Posts

Default

If you are in doubt, use cheap cheap vodka that comes in the large plastic bottle. It costs 7-8 bucks for a 750ml, that's a whole lot of air locks.

__________________
Satisfaction is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 04:25 AM   #9
JLem
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Attleboro, MA
Posts: 3,641
Liked 168 Times on 148 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

If it is actively fermenting and CO2 is being pushed out through the airlock, I don't see any way that the airlock liquid can be sucked in - this tends to happen only when active fermentation stops and temps drop, causing the headspace in the carboy/bucket to contract, creating a vaccum and pulling in the airlock liquid.

Regardless, a little star san will not hurt your apelwein. But like Satisfaction suggested, you can also use vodka instead

__________________
My Hombrewing Blog

My Beer Cellar
JLem is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
starsan???? maxmarie90 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 03-15-2011 01:46 AM
Starsan$$$ OHIOSTEVE Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 12-05-2009 11:44 AM
More StarSan ????? RichN Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 10-26-2009 08:14 PM
Why Starsan?? BrewOnBoard Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 46 01-12-2009 08:43 PM
Suckback Buchsenr Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-17-2008 10:53 PM