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Old 08-25-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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Hey all,
So I went to the brew store tonight and while I was there spotted some glass carboys on sale. I bought 2 not not realizing that the mouth is a different size than my better bottles that I normally ferment in. I was planning on moving 10 gallons of cream ale into the new carboys tomorrow, as I am leaving for vacation on Sunday (2 days from now) and don't want them to sit in primary any longer. Any ideas on a makeshift airlock whilst I'm gone? The brewstore is an hour away and I really don't want to make a trip tomorrow. I was thinking a sanitized balloon would work since very little co2 is being produced. Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:29 AM   #2
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How long have they been in primary. Many brewers here skip secondary unless its going to be more than a month in primary. I'd probably leave in primary in this situation.

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:45 AM   #3
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sanitized balloons are what they used to use. you can also use a sanitized latex glove, if you have 1

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:02 AM   #4
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I used a tube that was really close and then strapped a two inch wide section with enough tape (I use electrical) to fill the rest of the hole and make a nice seal. Then you have a perfect blow-off tube/airlock. The other end goes into water.

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:14 AM   #5
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I'd probably leave in primary in this situation.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:36 AM   #6
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Tin foil.

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:46 AM   #7
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I guess you could rack it off into your new carboy, clean and satanize your bb, and then transfer it back.

 
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:54 AM   #8
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clean and satanize your bb
would that be heat-treating it?

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:26 AM   #9
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Just an update: I ended up using balloons without any issues. No infection, no apparent oxidation.
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