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Old 12-06-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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just finishing up 12 days in my primary and about to rack to my secondary..primary has bottom spigot to transfer..question is:when draining to the secondary,there will be a vaccum pulled on the primary..should the air lock be in or out ??...afraid of any contamination that might get sucked in...





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Old 12-06-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Definitely take the airlock off anytime you open that spigot.


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Old 12-07-2008, 02:43 AM   #3
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Don't worry about the airlock's water contaminating the beer. Sure its good practice to remove the airlock but its best not to worry too much. Its all good.

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:27 AM   #4
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That is the reason I use vodka in my air locks.

No germs get sucked in, just alcoholic goodness.

 
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:57 PM   #5
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It may be sanitized but do you want that in your beer?? I would take the airlock out.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:03 PM   #6
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Take the airlock out. There will be a blanket of CO2 on the beer and any air pulled in will be lighter than the CO2, so the chances of contamination are very small.


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