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Old 10-09-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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It's my fourth batch of beer and after racking I had my airlock overwhelmed with foam and beer. Thinking it would be a good idea to remove it, I took it off and was blasted in the face (as was a good part of the room) with beer and the recently added blueberry puree. Yum.

I rigged up a blowoff tube using my racking cane and a pot of sterilized water and the whole thing is sitting in the bathtub until it calms down.

I'm lead to believe from reading this forum that this is a pretty common experience... too bad it had to happen to me the first time when my carboy had dark colored fruit in it! The blueberries I added appear to have contributed a fair bit of sugar because the fermentation is going really hard in the secondary.

I just hope nothing got contaminated in the process.

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Old 10-09-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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Darn, no pics......

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Old 10-09-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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I did snap some but I'll have to pull them off the camera.

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Too bad about the mess; been there; SWMBO gets angry with me when an occasional ferment hits the ceiling.

It is probably not contaminated.

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Old 10-09-2009, 03:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reassurance. My wife got home 15 minutes after it happened and we just had a good laugh. She's very supportive of the beer making--even after I told her she'd have to use the other shower!

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Old 10-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #6
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My last erupting carboy was a chocolate stout I brewed for her upcoming birthday. So anger was contained to a stern look and some pointing to the ceiling.

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SWMBO gets angry with me when an occasional ferment hits the ceiling.
I had to repaint the laundry room last winter because of this. Now I ferment in a chest freezer with controller! Less room to make a mess.
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This has happened to all of us at least once. Welcome to the club!!

Be glad you took the stopper out yourself before the pressure blew it out. I came home one day to find wort/krausen on the ceiling after the bung blew out from the pressure. It was so bad I had to repaint the ceiling! After that I started using a blow-off tube on every batch.

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My very first beer was a strong old ale that clogged up the airlock and exploded. It exploded in the morning, and I was sleeping, but my wife heard it. She said it shook the house and was very loud. For some reason, though, when she looked in the basement and didn't see anything unusual (it was tucked away in a hidden corner), she just shrugged it off. I didn't find out until about 5 pm. We have natural gas, so I was shocked that she hadn't said anything. Lesson learned!

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