Airlock sucking water back into my beer?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Pnell316, Feb 25, 2013.

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  1. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    WTF? The water from my airlock is getting sucked back into m beer. I've got a blueberry sour going and though it had maybe evaporated but just filled yesterday and now its half gone. I looked at it closer and saw water dripping back into my beer. WTF?
     
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,470) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    It can happen, due to changes is pressure. But are you sure you saw water from the airlock dripping and not just condensation?
     
  3. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Positive, it's was pretty steady, a drop every 30 seconds and I saw it coming from the very top of the interior piece of the airlock. That and the fact I filled just yesterday and its gone. It's also sitting next to 2 other sours that don't have this issue. I took out the airlock and put back to hopefully relieve the negative pressure.
     
  4. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    If you're not using vodka in the airlock, make sure its sanitized water... I would hate to see a batch of beer go to waste due to funky tap water.
     
  5. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I use a starsan mixture.
     
  6. Sixam2

    Sixam2 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Washington

    sorry about airlock issue... its happened to me before, and i realized i had a crack in mine..lol
    but thats not why i'm commenting.. blueberry sour ? I'd love that recipe !!!
     
  7. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yeah she's sitting next to my cloudberry sour. The receipt is easy 60/40 malt/wheat mix, your standard lambic grain build. Now the hard part the yeast. I started out with a basic wit beer, I then blended it with 20% 2 year old girardins lambic. After about 3 months I stepped up the dregs from the blend and pitched in my lambic.
     
  8. Sixam2

    Sixam2 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Washington

    Thank you ! I forgot I have this app ibrewmaster that has 100's of recipes.. Yours is very close to the one I just found on the app.. Must be good.. I'll give it a whirl..
     
  9. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I have a feeling its about 90% the yeast I used that is gonna make or break this one. The yeast was very sorry even at 1 month in and tasted great at fruit addition.
     
  10. beer272

    beer272 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2009 New Jersey

    yes I have two 3 piece airlocks sucking H2O. One on a wine secondary, the other on a primary. Guess it's the pressure changes, funny the others are not.
     
  11. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    My 3 piece airlocks do this when the beer cools down, but my 1 piece airlocks don't have this problem.
     
  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (902) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I've never had this happen with my three piece locks. Do you guys fill them to the line and then put the "hat" piece in? Or do you put that piece in and then fill?
     
  13. beer272

    beer272 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2009 New Jersey

    I put the "hat" and fill minimum halfway to ~ 80% full sometimes with the 3 piece airlocks. I have two S airlocks on order and probably will get more airlocks.
     
  14. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (902) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I put the hat in and fill it with starsan to the line. Never hd one suck water. But I would expect all of your to do it then, not. Just the two. Odd.
     
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