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Old 07-16-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default First Post: Airlock water has dripped into my fermenter

I have been checking the smell of my brew over the past week by pressing on the lid of my fermenting bucket and releasing some pressure. I just realized that the water in the airlock has been dripping down into the wort when I do this.

Do you think this is a problem? or DWRHAHB?


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Old 07-16-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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i wouldnt worry if fermentation has already started since the yeast should out-compete any organisms you introduced via water as well as the residual alcohol that has been produced at this point. A word of advice- many users of this site including myself use either vodka or in my case, starsan water. If suckback occures neither hurt the beer.


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Old 07-16-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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great thanks... by the way your on deck brew sounds awesome
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Probably won't hurt it, but I would still stop pressing down on the lid
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great thanks... by the way your on deck brew sounds awesome
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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Probably won't hurt it, but I would still stop pressing down on the lid
QFT

I use vodka. Get a cheap 1/2 gallon and you won't have to worry anymore.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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Before I drop my airlock cap into the body, (filled with iodophor solution) I tape a string to the top of it and hang over the side of the airlock. Then when I come back to check readings... I just remove the cap by pulling on the string. No vacuum or back flow issues.
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I ran out of vodka this last time, so I used tequila. Had a little suckback last night so I'll be interested if there's a hint of tequila flavor when I do a gravity check. Seriously doubt it since it was such a small amount though.
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I've been using the 3-piece airlocks only on my carboys and stiffer bodied vessels (like what I use for yeast starters). I use the S-type airlocks on the buckets, because there is much less chance of suckback with the S-type airlocks, and the glass/hard plastic containers don't bend enough to create a enough pressure difference to suckback. I haven't had any suckback issues since I started doing it this way.

How many times do you think I can say suckback in one post?
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:32 PM   #10
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How many times do you think I can say suckback in one post?
I'm glad you said it as many times as you did. I hadn't read anything on suckback, so I decided I should look it up and learn what I could. Thanks for suckbacking a lot, lol.


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