Re: Why use an airlock?
- --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jimpuchai" <puchai4@o...> wrote:
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "birddawg39180" <cegrey@c...>but
> > I'm new here and this is my first post, but I was wondering - why
> > you have have to use an airlock when fermenting. I know an air
> > is neccessary for wine making if you want a kinda bubbly bite,
> > wine can be made without. Since this is about distilling, it doesyou
> > seem neccessary. Someone set me straight.
> Well, I can tell you what works for me. I suppose down the years
> notice that this that or the other step seems unneccessary and canthe
> be dispensed with. I don't even own an airlock or a food quality
> plastic fermenting vessel.
> I use a wheelie bin of about 70 litres I think. I buy CLEAR
> polythene bin liners made for shipping dry goods in drums. You can
> also get excellent quality bin liners from cleaning supply
> companies. I always make sure that the liner has about 150 litre or
> more capacity.
> Place the liner inside the bin. Dissolve the sugar in warm water
> then add enogh cold to reach your total. I never measure the volume
> of my water, just stand the bin on some bathroom scales and make
> some small allowance for the weight of the bin, then top up with
> hosepipe. Pitch the turbo at the recommended temperature and thenand
> gather the excess plastic liner together some inches above the
> surface and twist into a loose rope. Some strong elastic bands to
> hold it like that, and you're done.
> The turbo yeast will generate enough CO2 to displace the air and
> will do so until you reach to nearly the end of your ferment. To
> exclude air then, twist the plastic spiral a little tighter.
> To add to my sins, I routinely stretch my turbo to 12kg of sugar
> top up to 60 litre total. It has always fermented out, but notsin,
> always at turbo speed. I am in no great hurry anyway. One final
> I rinse out the liner when the mash is finished and use it insideWhat/which kind of turbo are you using? Quite a few of them very
> out for the next mash.
> I should say that your mileage may vary. Mine never has.
> If you don't own a dog or a baby, you can always take your mash for
> a walk :-)
specifically say never to make more than 25 L at a time (heat issues
i'd assume, but i can't remember exactly why). I personally went out
and got some 14% http://turbo-yeast.com/batchyeast.html yeast
specifically because there ain't no limit on batch sizes. (Though I
can't imagine how they concluded 3 days of fermenting is enough, mine
bubbled away happily for 5 days and didn't wind down till the 7th)
Anyways, I was going to do exactly what you've come up with, but i
found $5/5 gallon (~19L) fermenting buckets at my local homebrew
shop, which work for now. Though instead of using a bubbler airlock,
I just use a tube and a water filled jar, though thats probably
unnecessary too :O)
> What/which kind of turbo are you using? Quite a few of them very
> specifically say never to make more than 25 L at a time (heat
> i'd assume, but i can't remember exactly why). I personally wentout
> and got some 14% http://turbo-yeast.com/batchyeast.html yeastI
> specifically because there ain't no limit on batch sizes. (Though
> can't imagine how they concluded 3 days of fermenting is enough,mine
> bubbled away happily for 5 days and didn't wind down till the 7th)airlock,
> Anyways, I was going to do exactly what you've come up with, but i
> found $5/5 gallon (~19L) fermenting buckets at my local homebrew
> shop, which work for now. Though instead of using a bubbler
> I just use a tube and a water filled jar, though thats probablyThe last yeast I used was Alcotec 8 and before that Still Spirits
> unnecessary too :O)
Turbo Yeast. I just cannot recall if any one is better than the
others. I just think of them as a generic "Turbo" and just use what
comes to hand. I am in no hurry, and if it takes 7 or 10 days it
simply does not matter.
What did matter, was that I realized that some Turbo yeasts were
costing more than the amount of sugar stated on the pack. Bearing in
mind this is just a hobby, I started to focus on the economics and
ways to bend and stretch the envelope. I am not a tightwad, I just
felt that there had to be cheaper ways.
The tube and water filled jar is good. For a more economical
approach, just slip a childs ballon over the pipe and secure it.
Make just one pinhole in the balloon. As the CO2 expands the ballon
it will expand the pinhole and create a self regulating one way
I'm off now, it's time to take the mash for a walk,