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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2011, 07:47:38 AM »
Or use an s-type airlock and just fill it enough to form a seal.  It can't get sucked back in, it will bubble in either direction.

+1, that's how I do it
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2011, 08:00:42 AM »
I don't see a need to have liquid in them, really.  It's not like anything can get in.
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They carry lots of microbes with them that will get in your beer.  I don't have any fruit flies at my house, they're not common in our climate this time of year.  But they can easily contaminate a batch.  Fill your airlock if your concerned about them or other bugs.

It would seem like if the airlock is sealed there isn't any more chance of fruit flies getting in than if it isn't. 
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2011, 08:46:33 AM »
It would seem like if the airlock is sealed there isn't any more chance of fruit flies getting in than if it isn't. 

What do you mean by "sealed".  The liquid in the airlock is what seals it, right?  Without the liquid, the little fruit fly can just crawl through from the open air into the fermenter.
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2011, 08:58:16 AM »
Denny must be one of those rare brewers who does not immediately lose the lids to his airlocks. ;)
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2011, 09:31:35 AM »
Denny must be one of those rare brewers who does not immediately lose the lids to his airlocks. ;)

I was just gonna say "what about the lid to the airlock?"!  Guess I must be too organized since I have all the lids!
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2011, 09:45:24 AM »
Put a loose piece of saran wrap or aluminum foil over the top until the temperature of the beer and the surrounding environment equalize.  Then put the airlock on it.

+1

...except I usually leave the airlock installed on the fermenter without water until the temp has equalized  (overnight) and then pour some starsan solution in the airlock the next day.
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2011, 04:45:23 PM »
i haven't used airlocks in years, just tinfoil. if i have one i think will blowoff then i use a blowoff tube otherwise....

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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2011, 06:36:17 PM »
i haven't used airlocks in years, just tinfoil. if i have one i think will blowoff then i use a blowoff tube otherwise....
I hope this method works.  I just pushed in my last rubber cork and the air lock popped right out.  So, while trying to get it back in, I succeeded in pushing the cork into the carboy.  So, tinfoil over the top it is until I free up another cork.

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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2011, 01:09:31 AM »
Yes it shrank when it cooled and sucked the water in. Now refill with new water. Bubbles........ ;D

No ones knows the coefficient of thermal expansion for beer wort?   Some experts you guys are!   ;)

Here in Hawaii we have gnats so small they can get through the pin holes in the bubbler caps on my airlocks.  I always fill my airlocks with vodka.  If you get the level right in the airlock, it will release a (disinfected) bubble before it can suck back into the fermenter.

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Well said Tom.  I like it!
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2011, 09:39:44 AM »
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana

Well said Tom.  I like it!
Glad you like it :)  It's not an original saying though, I can't take credit.
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2011, 11:38:51 AM »
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana

Well said Tom.  I like it!
Glad you like it :)  It's not an original saying though, I can't take credit.

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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2011, 12:15:36 PM »
not quite same-same, but....

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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2011, 12:21:00 PM »
Like "you can pick your friends" or "you can pick your nose" but  "you can't pick your friends' nose"
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2011, 12:36:47 PM »
not quite same-same, but....

You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish

That would make a great title for an album!
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Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2011, 01:09:18 PM »
what's an album?   ;D
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