Rigging a blowoff

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Dec 12, 2007
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The part where you terminate the blow off tube in a solution of sanitizer. The only sanitizer I have is clorox. Should I use vodka instead?
Yeah, there's almost no way that anything get up that tube and into your beer so it doesn't really matter what you use.
Don't you have any bleach in the house? Can't get much cheaper or more effective than that. Personally, I wouldn't risk just using plain water -- it is amazing how quickly bugs can move into your beer.

I don't doubt for a second that plain water works for some, but not all water sources are equal!
I am using star-san in the H20 now but have used plain water for the last 10 or so batches and have never had a problem. You could sanitize the pitcher/container and use boiled water (cooled).
One thing that you want to watch out for no matter what liquid you use is that if you crash-cool your carboys (as I do), the liquid can get sucked up into the tube if you are not careful. If you used plain water, then anything that got in that water could get into your fermented beer.

Not that big a deal as fermented beer is not as susceptible to infection as unfermented beer, what with the now-present alcohol, but still it could throw all of your sanitation efforts down the toilet.

Just a heads up. Cheers~