Should You Use a 3-piece or S-shaped Airlock for Fermenting Homebrew Beer?
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Airlocks are critical during fermentation
To avoid infection, carbon dioxide needs a way to escape without letting in outside bacteria or wild yeast.
But, does it really matter if you use a 3-piece airlock or an S-shaped airlock?
The truth is that any airlock will work well during fermentation as long as it is clean and filled with sanitizer.
Let's walk through my ideal setup:
A 3-piece airlock, a blow-off hood, and a blow-off tube
This style is WAY easier to clean and holds a lot of sanitizer.
Often overlooked, a blow-off hood allows you to use both a blow-off tube for maximum effectiveness during active fermentation!
The blow-off hood
The blow-off tube
Adding the blow-off tube allows carbon dioxide and yeast to escape your fermenter more quickly - avoiding a huge mess!
Learn more about proper airlock and blow-off setup by reading the full article!