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Old 09-05-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have read from numerous members around here that Hefeweizen's have a tendancy to blow off. it has me a bit timid about using an airlock on my primary bucket this upcoming weekend.

I am brewing AHB's Bavarian Hefeweizen... and several people have mentioned they had blow offs with that kit and other Hefe recipes.

my question is;
can i just use my 5/16" siphon hose out of my rubber grommet on my plastic bucket, or should i invest in a carboy and use a bigger diameter blow off hose?

i really don't wanna go buy a carboy this week, but if the smaller diameter hose is gonna cause me trouble then i guess i will have too...

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You should be fine just using your 5/16" tubing stuck into the grommet in the bucket lid. I have heard of many people doing this. If you are really concerned about it you could get some Foam Control Drops and never worry about it again. I must say that I have still had blow offs using the foam control, but it is less than it would have been, and I do use 6 gallon Better-Bottles for my primaries and they have less head space than a fermenting bucket.

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You should be fine just using your 5/16" tubing stuck into the grommet in the bucket lid. I have heard of many people doing this. If you are really concerned about it you could get some Foam Control Drops and never worry about it again. I must say that I have still had blow offs using the foam control, but it is less than it would have been, and I do use 6 gallon Better-Bottles for my primaries and they have less head space than a fermenting bucket.

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thanks johnsma22,

that's what i was hoping you guys would say.

if i have a non-controlled blow off in the mine and SWMBO's closet my brewing career could have come to an early end... just wanna be prepared...

one more question:
should i wait until the airlock has activity to push the blow off hose in place or just start with the blow off hose...?

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If you have 5" of space above your brew in the primary you should be safe.

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It won't hurt anything to start off with the blow off tube in there. I always just assume I will get a blow off and start with it in place. If I don't get one I used to put the airlock back, but now I just leave the blow off tube in there until I'm ready to rack it. Just be sure that the blow off tube is sitting in a container of water or sanitizer solution.

Oh, also, with a blow off tube that small I would check it often to make sure that it does not get plugged up. I wouldn't want to be around if you had an eruption on your wife's clothing!

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If you have 5" of space above your brew in the primary you should be safe.
i have read of several here that had blow offs with Hefe beers. really don't remember what size their primaries were. mine is 6.5 gallons, so i hope that is all good..
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It won't hurt anything to start off with the blow off tube in there. I always just assume I will get a blow off and start with it in place. If I don't get one I used to put the airlock back, but now I just leave the blow off tube in there until I'm ready to rack it. Just be sure that the blow off tube is sitting in a container of water or sanitizer solution.

Oh, also, with a blow off tube that small I would check it often to make sure that it does not get plugged up. I wouldn't want to be around if you had an eruption on your wife's clothing!

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thanks again for the input... appreciate it
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Had lot's of blow-off with my recent Hefe. And to be honest, I typically use only a blow-off tube for my primaries. I mean...it's an airlock if the end of the tube is submersed in water so why F with it?

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Had lot's of blow-off with my recent Hefe. And to be honest, I typically use only a blow-off tube for my primaries. I mean...it's an airlock if the end of the tube is submersed in water so why F with it?
exactly, that's my plan...
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Oh, also, with a blow off tube that small I would check it often to make sure that it does not get plugged up. I wouldn't want to be around if you had an eruption on your wife's clothing!


There has got to be a joke in there about a blow off tube, an eruption and your wife's clothing, but I can't seem to put it all together.

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