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Old 06-18-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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I'm fermenting a Belgian Saison using White Labs Belgian Saison 1. I pitched a 700 ml starter yesterday at 7:00 pacific. I was in the other room working and heard the explosion - bam my blow off tubing attached to one of those orange carboy caps blew off... yeast all the way to the ceiling. What did I do wrong? I was quick to act... swabbed the lip with alchohol and replaced the setup. How much should I be worrying about contimination during that short exposure time? Maybe I should have went with the 1/2 inch tubing, I'm using the smaller size attached to an orange carboy cab with a stopper between the tubing and cap... what do others use for their blow off tubing rig?

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Old 06-18-2007, 10:08 PM   #2
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I'm fermenting a Belgian Saison using White Labs Belgian Saison 1. I pitched a 700 ml starter yesterday at 7:00 pacific. I was in the other room working and heard the explosion - bam my blow off tubing attached to one of those orange carboy caps blew off... yeast all the way to the ceiling. What did I do wrong? I was quick to act... swabbed the lip with alchohol and replaced the setup. How much should I be worrying about contimination during that short exposure time? Maybe I should have went with the 1/2 inch tubing, I'm using the smaller size attached to an orange carboy cab with a stopper between the tubing and cap... what do others use for their blow off tubing rig?
Yeah, those little tubes do nothing for a serious blowoff. Here's mine:



IIRC, it's 1.25" OD vinyl tubing cut to length from Lowe's. It fits snugly into the carboy with no further modification. This is what you need---the racking-tube-attached-to-carboy-cap setup gets clogged up in no time.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:57 PM   #3
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RDWHAHB. It'll be just fine most likely. Get a fatty tube like that guy did though for the next time

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:00 AM   #4
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Are those 6 gal carboys? (i.e. will your method work on 6 gal carboys?)

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #5
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Are those 6 gal carboys? (i.e. will your method work on 6 gal carboys?)
Yes... It will work on a 6gal. carboy.

After this...



I switched to this... 1 1/4" from Lowes,


Works great!!!

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:37 AM   #6
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yep, that's what my ceiling looked like.... hope i didn't spoil the batch, guess i was lucky i was home to tend to it fast.

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i wouldn't worry about the batch. if it was blowing up like that, nothing probably got back into it.

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yep, that's what my ceiling looked like.... hope i didn't spoil the batch, guess i was lucky i was home to tend to it fast.
Yeah, I wouldn't worry about the batch... I'm drinking mine as I type this... And it's amazing!!!

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man the White Labs Saison I yeast is a REAL strong fermenter - fun to watch when it's not exploding.

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LMFAO,I think my wife would just kick my ass clean up over my shoulders if a batch of mine did that,not to mention the ridicule I'd receive as I was removing said blow-off from the ceiling with a Q-tip for punishment.... I haven't used any starters up to this point so fermentations haven't taken off that violently. Shane

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