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I have never used an airlock before so don't know exactly what to expect.

The one I have has 3 plastic bubbles side by side

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The rest is in a kind of sideways 'S' connecting everything together (I
assume you all know EXACTLY what I mean...)

Anyway, how much water am I supposed to fill this with? Also, how violently
are the bubbles supposed to escape? There are a few tiny bubbles in the
water which weren't there previously!

The yeast is active and bubbles have appeared on the surface so I know that
everything is working (at least I assume it is!) Having released any build
up of C02, I know I will probably have to wait longer before it tries to
escape again, just would like to know at what rate!!

Thanks,
Simon



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I know what you mean, it seems to work to fill mine to about 1/3 of the
height of the S part, but don't worry about it too much, just put
enough in there that it won't evaporate away (they don't seem to
evaporate very fast).  A bubble through the airlock every couple of
seconds can be expected at the fastest point of fermentation.

peter

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Thanks. I currently have 2 of the 'bubbles' filled with water. Any more than
this and it seems to spit every where (tested by applying slight pressure on
the lid to force air out). I guess it will take a day or so before I get any
regularity on the bubbles.



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This will only occur for the first 5-10 batches you make. Then the seal on
your fermenter won't be completely airtight and you won't wee any action in
the airlock.

At least, that was my experience.
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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 09:06:31 +1000, "Josh Button"

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That probably depends on the fermenter.  I've been using the same one
for a few years and I still see plenty of action in the airlock.

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My airlock is now happily bubbling away. During the night it seems some of
the 'beer' has managed to get in. Guess the foam inside is getting too much!

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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 05:03:35 +0000 (UTC), "PieOPah"

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Time for a blow off tube?  It is easy enough to rinse the airlock and
start over.  I use carboys and if I didn't put in a blow off tube
they would spout foam all over.  Less of a concern with a bucket.

Mine is a 1/2 gallon jug sitting in a bowl (in case the first line of
defense is broached) with a tube going from the stopper to the jug and
a little liquid sanitizer in the bottom.  Serves as an airlock - the
sanitizer tends to kill the foam.

The tubes get gunky after a few uses.  Fill them with liquid sanitizer
between uses and just rinse them before use.  When I shut down
operations for the season, I run a brush on a wire pull through them,
or just throw them out and get new ones.  Keeping them wetted makes
them much easier to clean.

If you have some cheap whiskey, filling the airlock with it will
prevent the fermenter from ingesting a bacteria when a temperature
change causes it to reverse pressure.  (in a long conditioning
secondary stage)


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On Mon, 25 Apr 2005 05:03:35 +0000 (UTC), "PieOPah"

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As long as it doesn't ferment so violently that the fermenter cover
blows off and you get beer all over the ceiling. :)

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Does that happen?    I did have one vent . . . one side broke the seal
and foam poured out of it.  The entire top never came off in one go.

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I've cleaned beer off the ceiling more than once. :)

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Al Klein wrote:
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I worried about that kind of thing happening, so for the first few days
I usually put my primary fermenter into my shower stall and close the
door. So it explodes - Easy cleanup!
Remember to remove it if somebody needs to take a shower...

Karl S.
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