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Old 10-16-2007, 01:40 PM   #1
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has anyone else heard of this, or does anyone do this method?
in case of suckback bacteria will die.

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Old 10-16-2007, 01:45 PM   #2
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that's what i use for all my airlocks. nice, cheap vodka. good for that and white russians
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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I use cheap vodka.

If you do get suckback, you'll get alcohol in your beer.

Better that than Iodophor.

I can get a fifth for under $ 5.00 including tax. Don't drink it though, I'm sure it's nasty.

Another trick, if you're using a freezer or frig to keep ferm temps down, if your wort and/or headspace is warmer than your frig, you WILL get suckback.

I take a paper towell folded twice and wet it with vodka. Put over top of carboy or hole in bucket top for 1 day. Then replace with airlock.
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Old 10-16-2007, 04:41 PM   #4
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Been using vodka all this time...

Cheap, hair curling stuff
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:13 PM   #5
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I use whiskey - cheap stuff of course -

It started when we were brewing for a friend's party, and using his favorite whiskey to fill the airlock. We've downgraded to the cheap stuff now -

The advantage in my mind is that it's easier to see at a distance.

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Old 10-16-2007, 05:21 PM   #6
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i fill mine with star-san solution left over from sanitizing the fermentor.

star san won't cause off flavors due to 'suck back' either.
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:28 PM   #7
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I use star san solution too. It makes some bubbles and sometimes it makes a whistling noise.
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:56 PM   #8
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I use both, Recently I've been using cheap vodka just to get rid of it
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:58 PM   #9
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I use the cheapest liquor I have around.

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Old 10-16-2007, 09:50 PM   #10
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I use vodka, as well. The real cheap bottom shelf college dorm stuff.

But first I swirl the airlock with some vermouth.
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