Questions tagged [airlock]

A device used to prevent back flow of external air into the fermentor.

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Starsan- overly ambitious krausen in airlock

I've recently switched to Starsan from B-brite, and have had, shall we say, very tenacious krausens. I know that the Starsan foam isn't harmful to the beer, but it's foaming up in the carboy to the ...
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Having doubts about my first stout

I just had an issue with an oatmeal stout. I'm just starting to brew beer at home (BIAB) and I think I made some mistakes. I had my water at 80°C hoping for the decrease of temperature to 72°C when ...
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Water is way past the max level line on airlock

Will this cause a problem in the fermentation process? My first batch was fermenting fine but this batch the water is up way higher and I'm wondering if that's why I'm getting no bubbling so far. ...
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Fermentation started right after air-locking, but stopped after a few hours

I have 30L of pressed apples. After getting the wild yeast started in one week, I put an air-lock on. This is how my carboy looked right after that operation: I used organic raw apple cider vinegar ...
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Has your airlock ever shot out of your carboy?

I made a kettle sour and added guava in secondary. Everything was going well for a week. I went out of town for the weekend and noticed my carboy stopper and airlock about three feet away on the floor....
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I forgot to put liquid in my airlock!

Without liquid in the 3 way airlock, is my brew now ruined?
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Airlock Blow now no bubbles

Hi i am doing my first home brew. after less than 24 hours the beer was coming through the water in the air lock. i looked online and it said to change the airlock and put it back on i did this ...
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Airlock won't stay in carboy

This airlock won't stay in my 5-gal glass carboy. https://morewinemaking.com/products/universal-stopper-hole.html I've tried drying out the bung hole and also the bung outer edge, but it still ...
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Urgent help for a new beginner

I'm about to brew a 5lb batch, I don't really know exactly the step when should we add corn sugar though. Also, I'm wondering that once I'm done boiling and adding DME, yeast, hop, etc.. then shall I ...
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Airlock sucking inward

I've made three demijohns of elderflower wine, and after fermentation stopped and I racked the wine, then all three demijohns started sucking in the liquid which is in the airlock. We have had some ...
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Air burst when pouring from Keg

I'm running taprite dual regulator on 10lb bottle. Ever since I taped a 58l beside my 20l keg, I get CO2 bubbles in my beer line which creates an air burst every time I pour a beer. Is it possible my ...
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Will this home-made airlock work?

This is a makedo airlock; I couldn't make it shorter as the loop bends itself and air couldn't pass through. https://imgur.com/gallery/TOA6i7f
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Beer blew up into the airlock. What's next?

So it happened again. The beer blew out the airlock leaving a water and beer mix behind. The airlock still bubbles as per usual. Now I'm wondering what I should do next. Leave it as is Replace the ...
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I've had my home brew sitting at 19c for 4 days now but there are no bubbles

I've had by home brew sitting at 19c for 4 days now but there are no bubbles showing in the air Lock I opened the lid slightly to look inside I can see the yeast floating on top and there's a fairly ...
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Contamination from airlock

Long story short...I didn't have Vodka so had to use distilled water in the airlock. Life got in the way and over a week later I finally got back to the beer today. Fermentation has completed but the ...
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Starsan in double bubble airlock keeps getting sucked into fermenter - why and how to prevent?

I did a brew on Saturday and cooled, got in the fermenting bucket and added yeast, added starsan to the chamber in the double bubble airlock and got it under the stairs. Ever since then, the starsan ...
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Elderberry wine making: Is wine entering the bubbler airlock usual?

I'm having my first go at home brewing by making elderberry wine. So far so good. I've just put the wine in a demijohn for the anaerobic stage of the process. Based on what I read I've filled the ...
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Sediment in my airlock day one making plum wine

First time making plum wine, followed a recipe and instructions and one day one have come to find sediment and light brown liquid in my airlock. Should I be worried?
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Airlock has a bug inside

My airlock today has a bug inside, I think it must have crawled in and died from an overdose of cheap Gin. Anyway, I was wondering, should I wait to clean out the airlock until I move to secondary or ...
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Fermentation issues

Just started an Coopers Amber Ale. Started out good....bubbled profusely for 2 maybe 3days and then just stopped? It slowed down to almost no bubbling in the airlock. Did take a sample from the tap ...
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White sediment inside my airlock

I tried to find something about this topic; no luck. So here's my question. Beside the fact that my beer went crasy and took control of my airlock liquid ahah, could you tell me what is that white ...
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Put the airlock really high could avoid blowing?

I was thinking about how to improve my fermentation procedure and reach a consistent yield of a full 5 gal of finished product after fermenting in 5 gal corny kegs. Searching on the net I've found ...
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Does distilled water and/or alcohol cause airlocks not to bubble?

I fermented my first batch of extract in a plastic 'ale pail' using an airlock with the following mixture in it: 50% tap water; and 50% whiskey It never bubbled. Not even once. In 3 days. And while ...
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Prolonged loss of air lock

I have a Shiraz that had completed fermentation and clarification and was being stored in a carboy until I had time to bottle. Apparently, the air lock was knocked off and it was sitting open (with a ...
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What do I risk for leaving my beer exposed to open air through the airlock hole?

I brew away from home, and last weekend I has to rush away before I was completely racking from primary to secondary. I can only go back in about 10 days. As a result, my beer is now sitting in a ...
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Airlock was removed from wine carboy - is it still ok?

So we had our basement flood last month and the company that came in to do the repairs moved my wine (6 gallons each of blueberry and apple) and at some point between now and then someone thought it ...
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Minimal airlock activity

So I've just finished my 3rd all grain brew yesterday, first time trying a stout. After 24 hours, I'm only getting ~4 bubbles per minute on the airlock. Last night about 8 hours after pitching the ...
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Stuck Kvass fermentation?

So I was making kvass, and have decided to make it a little more alcoholic. I made it using the following recipe: Slightly burn 3 pieces of toast, add to boiled water, and 1.5 handfulls of raisins. ...
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Oxygen in beer due to airlock

I just noticed that my airlock opened up within the past day and I was wondering if it is ok to bottle still today? It has been fermenting for past 2 weeks which is supposed to be enough but I am not ...
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Worried about oxidation

I'm brewing my second batch and had a bit of an accident yesterday. I brewed 20l two days ago and when I checked my fermenter (bucket) yesterday it had overflown. I don't know what possessed me to ...
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Lager Diacetyl Rest and Lagering Without Air Escape

I've fermented a 5 gallon lager at 45°F(7°C) for 2 weeks. The OG 1.050 and FG 1.012. At this point, I racked to secondary and put back in the airlock & bung. Increasing temperature to 65°F(18°C) ...
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Is my wine safe to drink?

I began making a few gallons of mango wine a few months back, and it was fermenting very well. I got all of the fruit and debris out a week or so after I started it, but I kept it fermenting in the ...
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

How do people with conical (or other sealed) fermenters avoid sucking liquid from the airlock into the vessel when they take samples or remove trub through the bottom valve? Do they just remove a ...
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Why is my pre yeast pitch lager bubbling in the fridge?

I have been placing my lager wort in the fridge overnight to get down to my desired pitch temp. This time I opened the fridge to see my airlock bubbling... I understand about possibility of ...
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Wine time frame?

I set a 1gallon shiraz kit going this afternoon, this is my first wine. I have sealed the demijon with a bung and put an airlock in. After 4 hours, I have yet to see a single bubble come through the ...
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How bad can this be?

So i got everything in my fermenting vessel last night and i got up this morning to find that the siphon lock was pushed in. I tried to slowly pull it back up through it's opening but the siphon lock'...
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Why bother with airlock when I can just leave the tube going to the bleach water in place?

Making my first batch! Using a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit, and did the active part last night. I've got the jug in a cool/dark place and it it bubbling away, sending CO2 through the tube in the top of ...
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Fermenting bin lid bulging

First time brewing a batch of ale and slightly concerned by a potential explosion! Just walked past the fermenting bin and saw the lid is bulging out slightly, at a guess I'd say the gas isn't ...
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Fast Fermentation - Should I be worried?

Just did my first batch using the fast ferment conical fermenter. Brewed an extract kit from Northern Brewer....their Smashing Pumpkin Ale. It's a 1.054 OG brew and I used a dry yeast to ferment. ...
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is it normal for vigorous bubbling in airlock right away?

I made a 5 gallon batch of sweet mead last night and when I woke up I heard it bubbling away like crazy! Is this normal if I'm using the s style airlock? First time using this type. It's been bubbling ...
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My airlock keeps becoming empty on one side, is that normal?

This is my first time brewing and I only started yesterday, so I'm still very much a novice. I have a bubbler airlock on my 33 litre fermenting bucket, like the one in this image: I filled it up to ...
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Filtering air intake during cold crash

I'm thinking of cold crashing my current brew, but I am not comfortable with the idea of allowing sanitizer to be sucked in, and I'm not happy with foil I have heard that maybe there are micro foam ...
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I have a problem with my Airlock

The lid on my airlock has no holes in the top! Do I still make sure the lid is firmly all the way down ?
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Water level low on airlock. Is it contaminated?

About 48 hours into my ferment I noticed a significant amount of liquid (about an inch) is missing from my airlock. Reading up on the subject I've realized that water was probably sucked into my brew ...
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Do alcohol vapor escape through the fermentation / air lock?

Something I've always been paranoid about is if the alcohol escapes through the airlock if I leave the liquid as-is for weeks after the fermentation have stopped. Will I lose alcohol level?
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Airlock not pressurized, any explanation other than a leak?

I'm in the primary fermentation of mead, using one of these "big mouth bubbler" 5 gallon fermenters and an S airlock. Initially, when the fermentation was really vigorous, the airlock behaved as ...
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Airlock not bubbling

So I made my first ever homebrew ale yesterday, transferred it to my fermentation bin and pitched the yeast. After 24 hours at the recommended temperature there is a nice thick layer of krausen on ...
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Airlocks and long term unsupervised fermentation

I would like to start leaving beer and mead in secondary at a location that I may not be able to get to on a regular basis (sometimes not for several weeks) and have a few questions for anyone who ...
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Airlock and Stopper Rocket

Brewed up a batch of wort yesterday and it all went well. Good sanitation, quick cool down, and yeast activated. Set up the carboy in a controlled temp room (74) and fermentation started within 4 ...
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Mold in S-Shaped Airlock

I'm new to homebrewing, and I've recently encountered a problem with an s-shaped airlock. I clean it out with water after use, but it takes forever to dry on its own. This time, it's started growing ...