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Old 06-16-2012, 12:39 AM   #1
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I now have a keg fridge that can be used as a ferm chamber. I also have a big APA that needs to be racked or kegged. I'd like to cold crash it but I'm concerned with the whole suck back issue. What is the work around? Should I just keg it and bleed the yeast in a few days?

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Old 06-16-2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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two simple options

1. use a S type airlock, you wont get suckback unless you have it filled to the brim.

2. remove bung and replace with tin foil.

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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You can usually fill the 3-piece airlocks with a minimal amount of water, so that when it sucks back it pulls in air but not water. I think all you do is press down the floater, add water until there's a seal, then put on the cap. It won't dribble water back in.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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If you are using a carboy, ditch the airlock and use a sanitized piece of aluminium foil. You now have beer with alcohol in it. The need to worry about nasties is minimalized. If you have a bucket, maybe you can just use a piece over the grommet.

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:19 AM   #5
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Another vote for Tin Foil. Thats all I have ever used for cold crashing. Just crimp it on tight so it won't fall off. No need for an airlock after fermentation is done.

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Old 07-02-2012, 01:38 AM   #6
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Dang it... I should have known better. Got a little 3 week old starsan and yeast filled airlock water sucked back into my primary when I threw it in the fridge. Guess those buckets do get a good seal. Hope nothing bad comes of it.

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Old 07-02-2012, 01:41 AM   #7
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I use Vodka in my airlock when I cold crash.
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