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Old 04-06-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default my airlock water evaporated?

I'm on my 4th brew. I went in to check on the fermenter 24 hours after putting it in and my airlock water level was really low... this is a first for me, even though I'm using the same equipment. The water level before never really changed in all 2 weeks of fermenting for the first 3 brews.

Anyway, I wasn't too concerned, I just filled it up (with vodka since at that point I didn't have any clean water left), and I'll check again this afternoon to see if it does it again.

So just thought i'd ask if this is a sign of something of more troubling...


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Old 04-06-2009, 04:31 PM   #2
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if it happened that quickly I'm more inclined to think that it was active fermentation that pushed out the water over evaporation. Had that happen to me a couple times and never any issues from it so far.


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Old 04-06-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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OR it was suck back... it got sucked in due to a small temp. decrease in the fermentor.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:40 PM   #4
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i've had a suck back before and when i added some tap water (not thinking) some went straight into the fermenter. after worrying for a week i bottled it and it turned out the be an awesome brew
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #5
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I doubt it evaporated that quickly, I bet it was sucked back in as the wort cooled a little more. I've had mine try to do the same thing many times, in fact I often just cover the dry airlock with foil for the first few hours just to avoid it. It's not really a big deal but I'd still rather it didn't happen.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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based on your sig, yooper's dead guy clone must have turned out stellar
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Oh yeah, great stuff. It's in regular rotation.
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It pretty much had to be suck back.

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...in fact I often just cover the dry airlock with foil for the first few hours just to avoid it.
I just don't put any water in the airlock or sometimes I just cover it with foil. After a few hours when it won't be cooling any further or there is fermentation activity...then I'll add water to the airlock.
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Iv had some apple wine in my fermenters for about one and a half years. I was downstairs the other week and I noticed that both my airlocks are dry on 2 five gallon fermenters. Is the wine still good? I have no idea how long the airlocks have been dry.

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