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Old 11-27-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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I prefer to use airlocks, but if I have a beer that I know will blow the top off of my airlock, can I convert the airlock to a blowoff tube? My thought is (using the three piece blowoff tube style) to just run tubing out of the airlock hole and not put the top on. Thoughts?
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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yup, that's a very standard way of doing it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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thats what i do. I can measure the tube size later if you'd like
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:41 AM   #4
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thats what i do. I can measure the tube size later if you'd like
I'd really appreciate that!
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:33 AM   #5
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Yep, that is what I do for a blow off. The only bad part I've found is the tube pretty much once on, stays on. I haven't been able to get it off w/o breaking the plastic. Air locks are cheap though so I just keep them with the tube on.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:10 AM   #6
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I put a 1-1/4" vinyl tube directly into the Carboy and stick the other end in a bucket of water. I rarely ferment a batch that doesn't blow the top so I don't even bother with the airlock anymore since my first batch clogged the airlock. It's a simple way to keep the system closed and still allow for blow off. Plus clean up is pretty easy.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:04 AM   #7
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The only bad part I've found is the tube pretty much once on, stays on. I haven't been able to get it off w/o breaking the plastic. Air locks are cheap though so I just keep them with the tube on.
Tip of the day: To get the stuck tube off the airlock, warm the tube with water and push it further onto the airlock. It will then come right off.

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I put a 1-1/4" vinyl tube directly into the Carboy and stick the other end in a bucket of water. I rarely ferment a batch that doesn't blow the top so I don't even bother with the airlock anymore since my first batch clogged the airlock. It's a simple way to keep the system closed and still allow for blow off. Plus clean up is pretty easy.
is it 1-1/4", or just 1"? i also use a tube that fits right into the carboy opening, no half airlock required. i ask only because i don't remember the exact size anymore...

check out the last pic in this post for a visual: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f85/my-s...3/#post3723673 (scroll further down for image of smaller tube + half airlock combo).
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:07 AM   #9
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It's 1-1/4" but that is OD so would be 1" ID.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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Thanks!

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It's 1-1/4" but that is OD so would be 1" ID.
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