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Old 10-01-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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So today I pulled out my Ipa from secondary and noticed some mold inside the airlock. This is my 12th batch and first time this has happened. Should I worry? Beer smelled fine when I bottled.

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Old 10-01-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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what good would worrying do? just procede as normal, if the beer is good then great. if its all moldy and nasty then... ****.

hope it all comes out right!


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not worried and loosing sleep over this ! . just curious on why this has happened for the first time.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #4
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dunno. what did you use for liquid? i usually just use water and i've never had it happen. since it was in you're airlock and not on you're beer i wouldn't worry at all. i've heard stories of people racking beer from under mold and comeing up with good beer still. be sure to repost how this turns out. i'm sure it will end up being good, then when someone has this problem in the future they can rest easy.
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You should be using diluted starsan in airlock. Info?
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yup I have been using sanitizer in the air lock since day 1. I think too it will turn out fine. thanks for the input
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i think you should be ok...if it'll make you feel any better the airlock has positive pressure so it blew all of the nasties away 100% guaranteed (void where prohibited)
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I'm guessing some wort bubbled up into the airlock.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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is diluted idophor ok for airlock or does it not work after a few weeks?
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since Idophor release free iodine into solution you need to look at the half life of iodine - which is about 8 days. So every 8 days your solution is weakened by 50%. With that long of a contact time it will probably stain everything as well.

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Just looked at other Iodine isotopes and I-125 has a half life of only 13hrs, so your solution could be loosing power much quicker.
Either way though to answer your question - replace your solution every few days to be safe


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