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Old 09-14-2007, 01:22 PM   #11
Aug 2007
Columbus, NC
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I've found that a racking cane stuck in the stopper with my siphoning tube at the end work very well as a blow-off tube. No new holes to drill, and I think the long stretch of vertical tubing help contain the mess - any krausen that makes its way into the blow-off tube will slowly drip back into the fermenter.

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Old 10-03-2007, 05:15 AM   #12
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Regular airlocks suck!!! If you have decent fermentation they always get clogged and blow the stopper out and it hits the ceiling. Worse yet the stopper gets glued to the lid and then clogs the airlock and the whole lid blows. I always use a 1/2 inch ID hose shoved onto the tube in a 3 piece air lock. and place the other end in a bucket of sanitiser. Better yet is a 1 inch hose, which never clogs. Use 1 inch od hard plastic pvc or stainless tube through a 1 inch ID stopper. You can also get bulkhead barb fittings and mount it in the bucket lid and attach a 1 inch ID hose to that.

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Old 10-03-2007, 10:10 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by DeathBrewer
+1 vote for the blow-off tube
Make that +2

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