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What do you fill your ferm lock with?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by PuFtonLyfe, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. PuFtonLyfe

    PuFtonLyfe Savant (275) North Carolina Jun 2, 2011 Verified

    Sanitizer? Vodka? Boiled/reverse osmosis/distilled water? What do you use?

    MMAJYK Savant (465) Georgia Jun 26, 2007

    Filtered Water (from my sink), sometimes Star San.
  3. VikeMan

    VikeMan Champion (930) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009 Verified

  4. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Savant (370) Vermont Jan 23, 2009

  5. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Advocate (500) Utah May 2, 2006

    tap water
  6. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

  7. LAWbrewing

    LAWbrewing Zealot (90) Wisconsin Nov 23, 2010

    Starsan. Though, if I had vodka sitting around and I was fermenting a bigger beer that had a chance of unexpectedly blowing-off, then I'd use the vodka.
  8. starsan
  9. nolabrew

    nolabrew Aficionado (160) Louisiana Apr 20, 2010

    Vodka, but only because I have SO MUCH VODKA that people leave after parties and such and I can't stand the stuff.
  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (690) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

  11. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (460) Virginia Feb 28, 2012 Verified

  12. Tears from a new-born baby panda.
  13. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    Tap water during fermentation and vodka for long-term storage/cold conditioning/lagering.
  14. pweis909

    pweis909 Champion (800) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

  15. Starsan solution
  16. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (450) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

    tap water. When I use a blowoff hose I put leftover starsan in the bucket just because the krausen that blows through looks like a path infections could take.
    pointyskull likes this.
  17. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Savant (470) Pennsylvania Jan 4, 2012 Verified

  18. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    We use pure Essence of Unicorn here. Don't try to one-up hoss, I'm all over this one. :rolleyes:
  19. Very cheap vodka.
  20. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Savant (480) Missouri Dec 29, 2005 Verified

    tap water
  21. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Savant (420) California Mar 22, 2011


    Re: other parts of the brewing procedure, I switched back to solely Iodophor after I found out Star san reacts with my water and turns beers cloudy (tested at bottling time).
  22. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (465) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    Cheapest vodka Walmart has.
  23. tap water
  24. Relatedly, why is the lock filled with liquid? Is it to create a barrier??

    (This question woke me up a 4am last night, so I thought I'd ask..)
  25. To keep oxygen out which helps keep your beers from oxidizing as quickly
    alysmith4 likes this.
  26. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    It has something to do with the green lizard overlords. Oops, I've said too much already. Carry on. :rolleyes:
    afrokaze and alysmith4 like this.
  27. DubbelMan

    DubbelMan Aficionado (180) New York Mar 17, 2009

  28. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Advocate (615) Florida Sep 13, 2011 Verified

    water or star san
  29. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Savant (395) Illinois Oct 22, 2010 Verified

  30. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (690) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Itt creates a barrier as well as keeps oxygen out. Bad microbes can't make it through from outside, and neitther can oxygen. I use start san simply because I don't want a mini cesspool between my beer and the outside world. Some people would rather use vodka incase the fluid sucks into the beer. I personally have never had that happen. My neighbor insists that every batch he has fermented has sucked in a little bit of airlock fluid.
    alysmith4 likes this.
  31. tewaris

    tewaris Advocate (605) Minnesota Jul 14, 2009

    u r so clevr; whr did u go 2 school?
  32. I work at a flavor house so I have access to tons (literally) of 99% grain alcohol, so that's what I use.
    AlCaponeJunior likes this.
  33. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    Starsan for me. In short, it's anything that you wouldn't mind ending up in your beer in case something unfortunate happens.
  34. For my J.D. or undergrad?
  35. kjyost

    kjyost Champion (775) Manitoba (Canada) May 4, 2008 Verified

    Starsan or water... Depends on what is near me at the time. Starsan is preferred, but never had an infection from the multitude of airlocks that have sucked water back into them (damn flexible Better Bottles!)

    I normally though run blow off into water jugs...
  36. MrOH

    MrOH Advocate (525) Maryland Jul 5, 2010

    CHEAP vodka
  37. It is sterile.

    I use some of the sanitizer I have pre-mixed, be it iodophor or star san. When I've lagered, I've used vodka, just in case it gets too cold the vodka won't freeze.
  38. cates1tg

    cates1tg Savant (275) Michigan Jul 18, 2010