Author Topic: Of air locks, dehumidifiers and long term aging - Sunday brew sadness #2  (Read 786 times)

Offline beerrat

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Ok - last year I posted that the basement dehumidifier ate my mead.  Well I discovered on Sunday that this year, it sampled my cyser.

So it appears I'm not checking my air lock and ensuring it I filled with liquid often enough in dehumidifier season.

Besides checking every week, anyone have suggestions for air locks for long term aging as I will forget to check again!

I use the standard 2 piece air lock, with a zip lock bag over top.

Will a bubbler be better?

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When active fermentation is done and no more CO2 is being produced, I'd retire the airlock and either seal the vessel with foil or a solid rubber stopper. Then you don't have to worry about evaporation.
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Transfer to a corney, top with CO2.  Easier to handle, no glass breakage.  I have my BarleyWine in a corney for almost 2 years now.
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Thanks all!  Time to buy some more cornies for aging long term, and using solid stoppers for post fermentation, but mid term clarifying.

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Transfer to a corney, top with CO2.  Easier to handle, no glass breakage.  I have my BarleyWine in a corney for almost 2 years now.

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Get your self some breathable silicone bungs.  If it is still fermenting slowly or if the temperature goes up, the bung can burp (or should a bung fart?) out the extra gas as opposed to a stopper which would get pushed out unless held in place.  If the temperature drops the lid on the bung gets pulled flat.

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Thanks all for the suggestions.   I'm going with kegs for long term.  No glass to smash the big draw, plus better sealing. Cyser still waiting for an empty one, but 6 month old mead is now safely sitting in stainless steel.