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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:46 pm

airlock or blow off

Air lock or blow off...what's everyone's preference ...I've only used airlocks but since my last to brews have clogged them several times I'm thinking about switching to a blow off
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:56 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

Blow off tube all the way unless there's a large headspace in your fermenter. :!:
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:16 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

tin foil on lagers, blow-off on ales.
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:06 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I use a 6 1/2 gallon carboy for primary and brew 5 gallon batches....all ales don't have the means to lager yet
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:10 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I usually start with a 3 piece airlock and switch to a S 1 piece airlock after 5 days ...
If I have a problem with temps going too high ... I'll need a blowoff ....
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:31 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

i pitch cool and use a little irish moss in the boil so i usually don't a problem with blow offs. i only start with a blow off tube it i'm brewing and then going out of town. i dread the call from swmbo that she had to clean up after a stuck airlock. :x
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:12 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I use a blow off all the time. My last show was about a blow off on steroids if you are interested.

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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:30 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I always use Irish moss and try and keep temp around 70...the last 2 brews have been the only ones I've had a problem with
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:08 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I don't even bother with an airlock. A blow off tube is easier in the long run, less messy, etc. I tried an airlock on my first few brews. Either the stopper blows, or you get a huge mess. With a blowoff tube, you get some dirty sanitizer water and a tube that needs a little cleaning.
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:57 pm

Re: airlock or blow off

I have never had a 3 part air lock get clogged using a 7.5 g bucket as a primary for a 5 g batch. I have, however, lost a few quarts of fermenting beer using 5 g carboy and a blow off tube. I hate it when beer dies a pre-mature death by blow off. For me I'll stick with the air lock. Also, a 3 part air lock is a breeze to clean.

I also use cheap vodka in the air lock. This keeps everything sterile and if it happens to drip into the fermentor...so what.
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