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Old 01-13-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
Jan 2010
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I bought a brewers best beginer kit and didn't realise it didnt come wit anything to sterilize it with, just with a cleaner solution. But my question is what do I put in the airlock?

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
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First it is hard to sterilize in a brewing situation, but we do sanitize a fair bit.....

Buy a good sanitizer solution like Star-san and mix it for use.

I use star-san in my airlocks but a lot of people use cheap vodka. Really anything that won't contaminate the beer should be good. Boiled cooled water is also good.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:31 AM   #3
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+1 on cheap vodka for the airlock.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:10 AM   #4
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Pick up a good sanitizer and use that. Either Idophor or Star-San.

+1 on the vodka for the airlock.

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Old 01-13-2010, 03:44 AM   #5
Dec 2009
Oklahoma City
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I've been using tap water in the airlock. first batch of beer tastes funny. could this be an (the) issue?

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Old 01-13-2010, 03:51 AM   #6
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How did you/will you sanitize the fermenter? Bleach? Go get some Starsan or iodophore.

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