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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2013, 03:44:13 PM »
It seems all it OK as of now the beer has started to ferment and is off to the races. Thank you all for the input.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2013, 10:24:52 PM »
Just remember, it was less than an ounce of vodka.  An ounce of 40% ABV vodka diluted in 5 gallons of liquid will increase the alcohol of the liquid by about 0.06%.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2013, 11:08:30 PM »
Just remember, it was less than an ounce of vodka.  An ounce of 40% ABV vodka diluted in 5 gallons of liquid will increase the alcohol of the liquid by about 0.06%.

And finally, Tom shows up with the math I was too lazy to do. Thanks Tom!  ;D
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2013, 08:11:40 AM »
This is why people use vodka. Water is fine in the airlock unless some of it gets sucked back in - then who knows what bugs drifted into the water that is now in the beer.  Vodka can get sucked in without worry as it will kill anything airborn that lands on it.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2013, 08:54:52 AM »
When I started brewing I used vodka in the airlock.  When the bottle ran out I switched to tap water.  In hundreds of batches it's never been a problem to use tap water.

+1.  I now put 1-2 sprays of my stan stan bottle up the stem and a top with tap water.  No issues.

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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2013, 09:12:01 AM »
Just remember, it was less than an ounce of vodka.  An ounce of 40% ABV vodka diluted in 5 gallons of liquid will increase the alcohol of the liquid by about 0.06%.
And the alcohol in vodka is ethanol, which the yeast make. I don't think you or the yeast will notice the extra 0.06%.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2013, 10:36:15 AM »
I just use some star san in the airlock. Even if some gets sucked into the carboy, I have never had any problem. Besides, an airlock full of vodka won't hurt your brew whatsoever.

I use star san too. Mainly because I have a spray bottle handy. Makes it pretty easy to top off my airlocks if they start to run dry. I've had some sucked into my fermenter before, but I've never noticed any off flavors.
I've been using it too. Only downside seems to be that instead of simply burbling, the airlock blows actual bubbles.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2013, 04:47:04 PM »
 I have one of those 3 piece airlocks. Once I forgot to put the little hat thing on the inside and tried to fill it with vodka. It didn't work.  :-[
But the beer turned out fine.
Lately I haven't even bothered with an airlock, just a piece a foil, no problems so far.

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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2013, 10:15:52 AM »
The downside of using a foaming substance like Starsan in the airlock instead of vodka:
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2013, 10:19:46 AM »
Don't fear the foam 8)
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2013, 10:54:02 AM »
The downside of using a foaming substance like Starsan in the airlock instead of vodka:


What is the downside?  that looks like mine have looked for years. 

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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2013, 12:07:30 PM »
Don't fear the foam 8)
Except I've had all of the starsan leave the airlock as foam which equals non-functional airlock.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2013, 12:19:04 PM »
I typically use a six gallon glass carboy for my primary and a blow off hose.  Don't put the airlock on for 5 days or in secondary.  I find boiled and cooled h2o is the safest way to go if your concerned about vodka contamination.

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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2013, 12:22:25 PM »
 A point nobody has made yet ... the S-shaped airlocks eliminate the contamination risk because they can bubble in both directions without pulling liquid in.
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Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2013, 01:49:47 PM »
A point nobody has made yet ... the S-shaped airlocks eliminate the contamination risk because they can bubble in both directions without pulling liquid in.

except that when they bubble 'backwards' you are pulling unsanitary air into your fermenter...

I am totally splitting hairs and would never actually worry about that.
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