I actually have it set up like that. I just have the small bottle as overflow, just in case the yeast backs up. I didn't add water. But I think I have enough hose to stretch down a little further. (5 minutes later...) It's just under 1bpm in the bottle. And boy does that stuff stunk. Not looking foward to changing the water. I went to a wine tasting today, and picked up some champagne yeast while I was there. So when this runs out I'll try it with the new yeast and see if there is a difference.