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  1. B

    Replacing an air locking during feementation. Good or bad?

    Hello all, I am fermenting a Irish Blonde Ale with an OG of 1.052. I pitched the yeast at 71 Fahrenheit. The yeast became very active quickly. About 24 hours I had it pour into my airlock. I caught it happening pretty quickly and used a tube submerged in Star-San. My question is should I just...
  2. J

    Ball Lock Air Lock for kegs

    Here is a quick, easy and cheap way to make Ball Lock airlocks. I got this idea from Trong at Home Brew Labs. He creates great gadgets for home brewing, like Spundit 2.0
  3. N

    Big mouth bubbler depth charge and thermowell modification

    Hello all, recently bought the big mouth bubbler with the thermowell to track fermentation and keep it warm. I’d also like to use the depth charge to dry hop in. Frustratingly the depth charge doesn’t have a stopper hole to let you slip a thermowell into. Has anyone modified the depth charge...
  4. P

    My airlock exploded !!!

    Hi, I have experienced something for the first time today. My fermentation was so strong that my airlock exploded. I knew how to deal with with ... I have connect a vinyl tubing to my airlock and put the end of the tube under water. Problem solved :) But it got me thinking. This is always a...
  5. D

    No bubbles in airlock, no fizz in the product

    I am preparing kombucha in a SS conical fermenter of 60 litre and in my secondary fermentation i added carrot and turmeric as flavoring. The current volume of liquid is 40 litre in a 60 litre conical fermenter. For first two days, i could see bubbles rising up in airlock, but now nothing. Also...
  6. rycardo

    GrainFather G30 - Active Fermentation

    Hello Everyone, I own a GrainFather Canonical Fermenter Pro, during my fermentation process I noticed the Rubber Bung is lifting and some Co2 is going out through the space between Rubber Bung and the fermenter. Do anyone had this issue? How to fix? I’m using some weight to keep the Rubber Bung...
  7. rockittear

    Properly removing cup airlock

    I just started my first batch of mead and keep accidentally spilling starsan solution from my cup airlock into my bucket fermenter; the first time was because I pressed on the lid like a noob and the second time was when I closed the lid after feeding it nutrients. (My batch is still okay from...
  8. S

    When does Mead start bubbles and airlock bubble?

    Hi Guys. When does Mead start bubbling and airlock starts to bubble? Roughly? My ciders start on day one. Mead didn't move yet on day 2 at all. I know it's more dense and honey is more antibiotic. I just want to get rough idea so it doesn't go bad due to lots of sugar and fruit in there. If...
  9. O

    Is a stuck fermentation safe to drink?

    Hi all! First or second post! My fermentation got stuck, and I tried to unstick it. It went from SG 1.050 to 1.030 after over a month. It started at whatever I needed to get to 12% alcohol, with nutrients. I was really excited to drink it! It's a guava juice brew (no preservatives). The thing...
  10. K

    Wine kit fermentation activity

    Hey all, I'm new to the forum and wine making and hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I have started a Vintners red wine kit and added the yeast as per instructions, so far on day three I haven't heard any activity from the airlock. Keeping an eye on it i believe it might be...
  11. J

    Mead without an airlock?

    Hi everyone, I started my first batch of Meade yesterday, I have left it in a plastic bucket with a sealed lid but no airlock. Do I need to release the CO2 if so how often and does it matter if oxygen gets into the mixture? Many thanks, Josh
  12. seanberger

    Houston, I might have a problem?

    Hello All, I started my first batch of kombucha on the 23rd, and I am thinking something went haywire. I submerged all of my equipment into boiling water, along with using said boiling water as the main component of water for my batch (after it cooled down of course!). Used my starter tea...
  13. T

    Replenish sanitizer in airlock?

    Hi, I'm about 26 hours into fermenting my first batch of homebrew. The fluid in the airlock was bubbling nicely this morning, but when I checked in this afternoon I noticed that much of it had overflowed. Is this a problem and should I replenish it? Is there something I need to do to keep this...
  14. David138

    5 gallon lemon spiced mead question

    Just raked for secondary fermentation. When I put the top on and then the bung, some of the water from the airlock dripped into the mead. Is this bad, will it turn out ok?
  15. LBussy

    Brew Bubbles: Web-Enabled Airlock

    I just did a Google search: That seems to be pretty important to many homebrewers. Nobody agrees what's "right," and about all the Internet can do is help you pass the time in between trips to stare at the airlock. Wouldn't it be great if someone made something to tell you when your airlock...
  16. M

    Airlock lid blowing off

    I'm making a cider from the apples harvested from my allotment and for some reason, instead of bubbling through the water in the airlock, the pressure is just building up until the lid blows off. I'm pretty sure the fermentation is going fine, otherwise it wouldn't be happening. I've tried two...
  17. Sergiy

    No airlock activity

    Hi, I don't see any airlock activity after 24h. I got a lot of headspace in primary, 16 liters in 30 liters plastic carboy. Will i see any activity or headspace are too much? The reason I'm asking because i will go for a secondary for dry hopping, and i want to know when to transfer. Im doing...
  18. badcatsclaws

    Strange Bubble Issue

    Hello there, First time wine brewer here. I have a weird situation and couldn't find any explanation on the net. The problem is when I place the airlock, it starts bubbling approximately in 1 hour. It keeps bubbling for 3-5 hours. Then it stops, water in the airlock stays at the same levels on...
  19. Smitty


    Ok experienced brewers here goes! Started my first ever batch (Brewhouse Mexican Cerveza) last Thursday night. By Friday night the airlock was bubbling away. By Sunday morning nothing and I noticed that the spigot on the bucket I purchased was leaking. Got the leak stopped, lost about 500ml...
  20. B

    Carboy for F2

    Hey! I'm currently brewing 6.5 gallons of kombucha for a small market and I'm still perplexed as to how I should efficiently do the secondary fermentation and bottling. I was wondering if it would be possible to use 5 gal carboys for secondary fermentation and flavoring? Then just filter...