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Old 09-01-2008, 03:32 PM   #11
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Why don't you just pull the airlock, dump the star-san and replace it with water or vodka? The pressure inside the fermenter isn't going to allow anything in within the short time the airlock would be off to do this.

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Old 09-01-2008, 06:29 PM   #12
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True..but I'm a little nervous I could end up w/ a grommet in my fermentor (tho it seems to happen to everyone) Right now..whenever the bubbles stop..I take off the top of the airlock.. pull out more sanitizer w/ a straw.and add a lil more vodka

Assume my airlock was jammed during the first 8 hours or so of fermentation. Do you think CO2 was still managing to escape into the airlock? If not, any idea if not enough C02 getting out can impact taste?....just curious

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Old 09-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #13
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True..but I'm a little nervous I could end up w/ a grommet in my fermentor (tho it seems to happen to everyone) Right now..whenever the bubbles stop..I take off the top of the airlock.. pull out more sanitizer w/ a straw.and add a lil more vodka

Assume my airlock was jammed during the first 8 hours or so of fermentation. Do you think CO2 was still managing to escape into the airlock? If not, any idea if not enough C02 getting out can impact taste?....just curious
No, there will be no change in flavor. The co2 is in the bucket or carboy, and it provides a "blanket" over the top of the beer to help protect it from oxygen (co2 is heavier than room air). It's fine. Don't worry. Maybe it is bubbling up from the fermenter and filling your airlock a little- that is why it is so full. Don't worry about it- just try to walk away and not think about it anymore!
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:21 PM   #14
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Thanks for the advice Yooper! ...Walking Away.

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Old 09-01-2008, 07:32 PM   #15
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You need to chill...go get a hydrometer and take a reading in 4 days. Stop trying to fix something that isn't broken

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I'm guessing that there is a slight air leak somewhere that is causing this. The CO2 pressure is going to take the path of least resistance. It's quite possible that with the top on the airlock, there is slightly too much resistance and the pressure finds another way to exit. As soon as the top comes off, there is less resistance and the pressure will come out there, hence the bubbling.

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