Newbie. First batch. Used logic and said to myself, "self, you don't need to put the little red top on the airlock". After all, the airlock is bubbling OUT, not IN. I have now heard from a source that the little red cap should be on....
I guess vodka could be considered sterile, but you want something in there that will kill potential nasties. Just put some foil over it and forget it for now. There's enough co2 coming out of there to protect you until you can remedy the situation...
*** disclaimer - this in no way translates to me advocating the use of airlocks ***
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