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Old 03-22-2009, 08:51 AM   #1
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My next batch is going to be an amber ale(extract with grains). I will be using a starter and expect some pretty vigorous fermentation at first. I am planning on using a blow off tube. Do I keep the blow off tube on for the whole fermentation (approx 10-14 days) or do I replace it with an airlock once fermentation has slowed?
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:36 AM   #2
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I replace it with an airlock once it's clear that fermentation is slowing down, usually after 3-4 days.


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Old 03-22-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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I replace it with an airlock once it's clear that fermentation is slowing down, usually after 3-4 days.
Same here...
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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yep, couple of days
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:45 PM   #5
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If I'm lazy and don't feel like sanitizing the bung and airlock, does it really make a difference for a 7-10 day fermentation if you leave the blow-off tube the whole time?
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:50 PM   #6
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you can leave it on as long as you want......It does the same thing as a 3 piece airlock
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #7
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I leave mine in the whole time due to clearance issues in my chamber.
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:10 PM   #8
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I leave mine on for the entire first week, until the Kraussen falls. Right, wrong, or indifferent, I always use secondary fermenters, and use a 3 piece air lock on it. It might be in my head, but I like to think it is clearing up, and I am able to filter anything out of the secondary.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #9
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I've never used one... Is that weird? I've brewed some pretty big batches without a problem.


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