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Mach1

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Hello Everyone,

I am new to winemaking, and just recently purchased my first wine kit.
I have been following the instructions that came with the kit, and am on
Day 3 of fermentation using a bucket and airlock.

My question is : I noticed this morning the wine backing up into the air lock and turning the water red (red wine). :( What do I do ?
I was thinking of removing the air lock, sanitizing and replacing, but perhaps I should just leave as is?

Any suggestions?
 

cpfan

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Arrrgh..small primaries with air locks. I hate 'em. But a lot of people use them. You've hit the main reason that I hate 'em. (I've had a 23 litre kit foam up and touch the lid of my 46 litre primaries. That would have been an unpleasant mess in a smaller primary.)

I would clean, and sanitize the air lock, and return it. But it will probably happen again.

Steve
 

Mach1

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Thanks for the advice :)
I appreciate the prompt reply.

I am glad to hear I havn't (already) messed up my first batch.
I think I will be investing in a larger primary to help reduce this problem in the future. May also try the cheesecloth method.
 

Luc

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I am building a special 'foam-proof' airlock from
simple to get materials based on a picture which
is in the book from C.J. Berry.

Basically it comes down to putting a hose in the bung on the carboy (or primary) and putting the other end of the hose in a bottle with a sulphite solution.
It is in fact a bit more complicated as this but this may help you at this moment.

Luc
 

Wade E

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What Luc is talking bout is called a Blow off tube and used by many beer makers. A bigger primary is the answer to this, I sometimes use 2-7.9 gallon primaries for this reason and then rack into carboy when fermentation is almost done or when it is done depending on if there is fruit in there.
 

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As you may have seen in one of my recent threads, I use a blow by tube going into sulphited water, not because of a foam problem, but because I am to cheap to by an airlock. You still want to make sure you have minimum airspace if you are in the secondary.
 

Wade E

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Now thats cheap as an airlock is just a buck! :)
 

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