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Help? What is this stuff?

This white stuff is growing on my air stone? It's gross and even though I clean it off it comes back.

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Could it be coming from the air pump? Maybe impurity from the air.
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Could it be coming from the air pump? Maybe impurity from the air.
It's coming from my DIY Co2
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Do you have the airstone running right off the reactor bottle, or do you have a second bottle to keep yeast out of the gas stream??

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I've always gotten some of that with diy co2, even with a gas trap/bubble counter bottle. I dont believe there's anything you can do about it.


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Fair, but a gas trap should help reduce the problem some, assuming that one isn't in use... and it makes a handy bubble counter to monitor the rate of gas production...

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Oh it is an essential component imo, just sharing my exp with the white crud. Ive done a few different diy set-ups recently, never without a gas separator bottle, so I cant say if it helps reduce it or not, but it definitely still happens.


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Stupid question but how do you clean the pipes to get rid of it? ID of the pipe is only 4mm so not sure what I can get in there!
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Pipe cleaners, like for smoking.
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Pipe cleaners, like for smoking.
Thanks, I can't find any long enough though! It would need to be about 2 foot long!
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twist several together lengthwise
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Check craft stores, the ones around me have some 3ft long, or check amazon.
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Thanks, hasn't thought of twisting them together, good call. Longest on my local amazon are 30cm, and couldn't find any on the high street.
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