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Old 10-28-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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I am a big fan of Better Bottles but I have stumbled upon one minor flaw. The have an oilcan effect. I went to raise the bottle out of my swamp cooler and the liquid in the airlock thingamajig got sucked back into the wort. DOH, and of course I dont think I used sanitized water in the airlock.
I won't go back to glass bottles but i will remove the airlock before lifting ( nah, I'll forget again).

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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You should always use sanitized water or vodka in the airlock. There could be suck back in the case of pressure changes...

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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I always pick mine up by one hand on the neck, and the other underneath it to minimize the bottle sides from compressing or expanding.

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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That's not a flaw of BetterBottles - it happens to any flexible material. I use Coopers fermenters (plastic) and the same thing happens and it does to people who use buckets as well. I would even imagine stainless fermenters would do it too. First - use the cheapest vodka you can find. Second, when moving it just remove the airlock and replace it when you put the fermenter where it's going. There's a bunch of C02 headspace so don't worry about infections and such cause the airlock will only be out a short time.


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Old 10-28-2011, 08:14 PM   #5
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Setting the better bottle inside an old milk crate or something similar will also allow you to pick it up without this happening.

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Old 10-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Gritsak View Post
Setting the better bottle inside an old milk crate or something similar will also allow you to pick it up without this happening.

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