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Old 02-08-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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Do you use tapwater in your airlock or sanitzed water, or any other "specialty water".

Just curious, I've never heard any mention of what type.

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:27 PM   #2
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I've heard plain tap water, bottled water, boiled water, and sanitized solution.
Plus vodka, whiskey, and other high alchohol liquids.

I personally use vodka. Its naturally sanitized, and if it gets sucked in, there is nothing to harm.


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Old 02-08-2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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I use vodka. I think tap water runs the risk of contamination, espescially if temp fluctuations cause some of the water to be sucked into the wort. I dont know what the level of risk is however. I would err on the side of caution and use vodka. I worry about sanitizer-laced water negatively affecting the yeasties if some hits the wort, although I have read that this shouldnt be a problem.

Someone who has been doing this longer please chime in and correct where necessary.

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:40 PM   #4
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Many times I use whatever is most convenient...starsan, vodka or tap water. If it's for a long secondary or whathaveya, I don't use tap water.

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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Since my brew consists of 3 gallons of tap water, I have never worried about tap water in the airlock. Never had any trouble.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:40 PM   #6
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I normally use sanitized water from the brew, but if I forget, tap water works fine.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #7
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I use either vodka or Star San sanitizer, but if you use unboiled tap water for the brew, then tap water would probably be okay for the airlock. One thing I like about sanitizer is that if something somehow falls/floats into the airlock, if it gets sucked into the beer at least it has been sanitized.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #8
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I've always used tap water and never had a problem but I should probably be using vodka.

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:17 PM   #9
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Cheap vodka seems to be the way to do it, that's what I use as well.

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:31 PM   #10
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I've always used sanitized water. But, it looks like I have good excuse to buy some vodka now.
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