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revrand65

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this is something iv'e been wondering...why keep carboy in the dark....
 

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Mine are in the closet with a wet towel wrapped around it. No light getting in there!
 

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Question about the wet towel technique. Ive tried this and after re-wetting the towel for a few days I can smell mildew in the room. Do you all just change out your towels or do you think the mildew doesnt have a chance against our mighty airlocks...
 

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Well you are in Florida. Its allready humid there. Im out in the desert, so Im rewetting the towels every morning and afternoon. Theres no chance for mildrew to grow here as long as its open to the air.
 

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In Orlando, I'd change the towels every other day. Steel mildews there!
 

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ok but do you think mildew could in any way contaminate my fermenter, considering Im using an airlock filled w/ vodka?
 

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gonzoflick said:
ok but do you think mildew could in any way contaminate my fermenter, considering Im using an airlock filled w/ vodka?
no, the mildew can't circumvent or otherwise pentrate the airlock...
at least not until you open it and you're touching the outside of the fermenter and all your racking equipment, etc...
i'd try to avoid allowing things to grow on the outside of my fermenter, if i were you...
 

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Mildew has never been a problem for me when ever using a wet towel to keep the fermenting temperature under control. I keep my towels wet with weak bleach solution that I use anyway for sanitation of my plastic equipment. Works like a charm.:mug:
 

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maybe you could try a completly synthetic material.
I've never done the towel thing, I used to just let it sit at room temp. with varying results (banana esters) now I have a fridge.
 
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Bet you could use some of your sanitizing solution to wet the towel instead of plain water. Just be sure it won't bleach/discolor the towel if you want to keep the wife happy.
 
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Yuri_Rage said:
Bet you could use some of your sanitizing solution to wet the towel instead of plain water. Just be sure it won't bleach/discolor the towel if you want to keep the wife happy.
What Yuri said.
 

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I cut a door in a tall moving box so I can open the door and peek in incessantly. For HOT weather I put the carboy in a tiny baby pool (inside the box) with a little ice and water.
 

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gonzoflick said:
ok but do you think mildew could in any way contaminate my fermenter, considering Im using an airlock filled w/ vodka?
Yay, a fellow Floridian brewer. :ban: I'm waay over here in Titusville.

I've got mine in a spare room with a dark brown (dry) towel wrapped around it. The blinds are closed tight and only the neck of the carboy is exposed. The room gets some dayglow through the blinds but I think it is diffused enough. It actually gets more light when I turn on the light to take a drooling peek. :D
 

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Walker-san said:
My fast scan of this message left me thinking that you lived in Titsville. Sounded like a lovely place.

-walker
Well, it is summer. Lost of bikinis on Playlinda beach. :rockin:

Oh, did I mention that the northern part of the beach is the nude beach? Though I am actually scared of what/who you will find up there. I saw a guy that looked like Santa once. :eek:
 
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