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General Category => Yeast and Fermentation => Topic started by: Kelvard on March 23, 2015, 01:49:18 PM

Title: Airlock Question
Post by: Kelvard on March 23, 2015, 01:49:18 PM
So I put my THC in the fermentation bucket Saturday evening. There's about 3.25 gallons, and it's in a 6 gallon bucket. Just to play it safe, I used a blowoff tube. This morning and I checked, but still no bubbling. I popped off the lid to see if there was any activity, and there was a full head of krausen. I thought, hm, maybe the blowoff isn't allowing air out so I'll switch it to a normal three piece airlock. I did, and within seconds it was bubbling.

So my question is this, the day and half that it had the blowoff, but wasn't bubbling, do you think it was airtight or something? I did have it running into a bucket with sanitizer water. If it was airtight, do you think it affected the beer?

Thanks in advance for any answers or comments!
Title: Re: Airlock Question
Post by: Stevie on March 23, 2015, 01:53:18 PM
My guess is a leaky bucket lid. Shouldn't be anything to worry about.
Title: Re: Airlock Question
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 23, 2015, 01:55:49 PM
My guess is a leaky bucket lid. Shouldn't be anything to worry about.

+1
Title: Re: Airlock Question
Post by: Kelvard on March 23, 2015, 02:06:25 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Airlock Question
Post by: brewinhard on April 06, 2015, 07:16:02 PM
In addition to a possibly leaky connection, a 3.25 gallon batch in a 6 gallon fermenter going into a blow-off setup may not bubble as much as you are used to due to the massive headspace required to completely fill with CO2 enough so it can push the liquid in your blow-off jug and create gassing.  It may have been bubbling but just not as often when you were watching (i.e. a watched pot never boils thing?)....Just my 2 cents....  :D