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Old 08-14-2012, 12:28 AM   #11
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I use a 1/2" hose, it fits over the upright stem in your 3 piece airlock, then place the other end into a growler or some other container of star san.
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As for the beer that blows out being good, it's all condensed krausen and beer that sat on the bubbles. I wouldn't even think about keeping it.


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Old 08-14-2012, 12:31 AM   #12
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it does look like the worst over to me ass well, it was comin out the top of the airlock but it isnt anymore. who votes i leave it like it is?
I would put a nice clean airlock on it


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Old 08-14-2012, 12:37 AM   #13
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Ya, just make up a blow off like heyblinkin said...I use usually use em for the first 5-6 days and then switch out to a standard airlock. Gotta have em!
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Depends, how long has it been fermenting? Definitely get yourself set up with a blow off for your next beer. I use one 9/10 times a brew.
+1 above. If your 7 days into fermentation then clean out your airlock and keep going. Again, I would get set up with a blow off tube.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:20 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for your help. its been fermenting for almost 32 hours so i am going to leave. it looks ike the worst is over, but i will for sure be buying some 1/2 inch before my next brew.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:29 AM   #16
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Northern Brewer sells a blowoff tube that fits snugly in the mouth of a glass carboy. It is 1" i.d. and 1 1/4" o.d.

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I use this - works great!

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Northern Brewer sells a blowoff tube that fits snugly in the mouth of a glass carboy. It is 1" i.d. and 1 1/4" o.d.

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I'm pretty sure I've heard a rant about airlocks on the brewing network (BN) and how its by far the most overused brewing tool out there.

I use a 3/8" siphon tubing, i think. I do know it is one size over the standard siphon tubing size. I place it directly in where the airlock goes without the airlock. This leaves less to clean up later.

I want to upgrade to large tubing like just suggested. I have had the smaller tubing clog and blow the top off and make a mess.

My overall suggestions
1. Use a blow off tube at the beginning if fermentation
2. If it looks like its going to get clogged it probably will. Clean it out right away. Tubing filled with sticky krausen will clog if your still fermenting stong.


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