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Old 06-13-2009, 02:17 PM   #1
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I just completed my first every extract boil, cool and yeast is pitched and lid is on plastic fermenting bucket. I have a bubble airlock, sanitized with a little water in it as a buffer. I've come to my first step where I'm confused (shocked I made it this far without confusion, BTW): my airlock came with a little plastic. Should I use it during fermentation? I can't decide.

Thanks for the help.

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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A little plastic what?
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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Quote:
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A little plastic what?
Oops. Plastic lid. It looks kind of like this:



Do I leave the red lid on?

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:22 PM   #4
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plastic lid?

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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Quote:
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plastic lid?
Yes, lid. My bad.

Sorry I tried responding a while ago, and my posts don't seem to be going through.

It looks like this:



Do I leave the red lid on?

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:44 PM   #6
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Yes, it's vented.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:44 PM   #7
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Sure, pop it on there. It'll keep thirsty critters out of your airlock fluid.

Another tip for airlocks: You can use cheap vodka instead of water. Then if any gets in your beer, there's no worry of infection (unlikely though it may be in any case).

 
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:24 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help. Looking forward to tasting my Extra Pale Ale.

 
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