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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2013, 05:56:27 PM »
i've only ever had one batch clog an airlock.  that was a batch that i poured my wort on a yeast cake of nottingham from a previous batch.  other than that i've always used airlocks.

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When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2013, 06:51:19 PM »
I use a blowoff hose quite often. I like to use 6 gallon carboys and switch from an airlock to a blowoff when/if necessary. It's usually yeast dependent. I usually don't need a blowoff for American ale yeast or lager yeasts.

When fermenting APA/IPA, I'll use buckets and typically won't need a blowoff hose.
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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2013, 09:55:24 AM »
I start out with a blowoff on every batch.  Not difficult to do and no problem even if you don't get blowoff.
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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2013, 08:49:44 PM »
IMO: always

Your want to blow off the Kraeusen. I even top off my beer if I notice that there will not be a blow off

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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2013, 10:21:58 PM »
My fermentor is in a sealed wooden box and I can't see what it's doing so I always use a 1/2" blowoff hose.  I can hear the gas "thump" when it really gets rocking.  When I've tried an airlock I get nervous because I can't hear what's going on and I worry the airlock has blown out(it has happened).
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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2013, 07:16:27 AM »
Right on thanks to everyone for their opinions.

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Re: When to use a blow off tube
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2013, 07:31:53 AM »
I always use a blow-off tube to start.  Then switch to airlocks after the first dry hop addition or when moving to cold crash.
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