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Old 03-07-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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So the last 2 brews I ended up breaking my airlock trying to get the blowoff tube. It's like it's glued on, I cant budge the thing.

Is there a trick? Just leave it on?

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 AM   #2
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Hot water

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:36 AM   #3
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I'd say just leave it on and have it as a dedicated blow-off rig. That's what I do. Airlocks are cheap- just buy a couple more for "regular" use.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:40 AM   #4
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I had the same thing happen to me. I was going to leave it dedicated, but later on decided to cut the tube off. I trimmed it as close as I could get with the scissors, then I took an xacto knife and slowly split the hose left on the airlock till it came off. But I would for sure try the hot water thing first. I have since then upgraded to a dedicated 1 inch blowoff and bucket lid.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:44 AM   #5
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hot water loosens the tubes up quite a bit. Run it under the faucet for a minute with the heat on high and try pulling and twisting it off. If that doesn't work you can try soaking it in oxy clean/ hot water bath for a couple hrs and it should slide right off.

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:57 AM   #6
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and get a 1" blow off tube.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:01 AM   #7
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I have one that's stuck on as well and I was thinking of just leaving it on, but it really should come apart to be cleaned properly. Soak it in some warm water with PBW. I'm sure it will come right apart.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:21 AM   #8
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Every time I go to the LHBS I buy 4 they're $1.15 I usually end up destroying them when I try to take them off. I like all my stuff completely sanitized. Wouldn't want to ruin a batch by infection by not spending the extra buck.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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+1 to hot water. The tubes get nice and pliable when they're hot. They'll loosen ok their own a bit, enough for water to get in there to dissolve and break up the krausen glue.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:45 AM   #10
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Go and get another airlock; three piece or whatever, they are cheap.

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