Originally Posted by mmb
I'll ruin your plan with two words....
You get fruit flies anywhere near your blowoff bucket and you'll be in malt vinegar city.
Who cares if the blowoff turns into vinegar? I'm not drinking it. I throw it out.
No fruit fly (or bug that the fruit fly brings with it) is swimming up the 4' hose against a steady stream of co2 and yeasty blowoff. Wouldn't make it halfway before it died.
Heck, there are people who use no cap or airlock ever, only a piece of foil across the top. I've done this as well. Still have never had a malt vinegar beer.
And like I said before, I've done over 200 batches that blew off with nothing but air in the blow off jug and have never had an infection so it is not really a plan but a tried and tested practice.
Just in case though: I do like some good malt vinegar. It is good on fries and I use it as the braising liquid for my ribs. Might take a while to go through 5 gallons though.
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