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Old 04-12-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
Mar 2010
Newfoundland, Canada
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This is my first experience with a fermentation that is actually starting to foam up through the air lock!

Anyhow, what size of tube do you use for a 23L - 6gal carboy?

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Old 04-12-2010, 07:40 PM   #2
Aug 2009
Twin Cities, MN
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Take a piece of siphon tubing. Stick it through the stopper that your airlock currently resides in. Stick the other end into a tub/bottle/etc filled with water.

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Old 04-19-2010, 02:29 AM   #3
Apr 2010
brighton, mi, Michigan
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just recently did a Hop Slam clone with 8 packs of 4 different hops. Went to the plumbing store and bought a 1 1/2" no hub, 1 1/2" x 3/4" reducer, couple of 90's and a lenght of 3/4" pvc. no hub clamps on top of Primary, come off into a 90, then 8" pipe to another 90, then into a pot of water. I've had no problems with clogging and blow off. Works really good.

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Old 04-20-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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Mar 2010
Columbia, South Carolina
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I just brewer my second batch Saturday, it was blowing bubbles like crazy Sunday morning. Yesterday afternoon I checked it out and the fermenter (plastic Bucket) is bulging and I had a lot of gunk in the blow off tube and the water it goes to is now very cloudy. Should I take the tube off and clean it or just leave it alone. Also can I change the water in the bottle? thanks, Jack

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Old 04-20-2010, 05:28 PM   #5
Aug 2009
Atwater, OH
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Uhhh, yeah take that tube out SLOWLY! I'd be willing to bet that the tube clogged and you've got a lot of pressure building up there. Clean, re-sanitize and re-insert.

Oh, and you can change the water too if you want.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:42 PM   #6
Mar 2010
Redmond OR, Oregon
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I use 3ft of 7/8 reinforced hose inserted into a 2" piece of 1" soft vinyl hose to make it tight.
5 and 6 gal carboys have a 1" opening,, I found that soft non reinforced hose can fold over making a blockage..
you wont plug a 7/8 ID hose ever

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