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Dark_Ale 01-13-2005 01:18 AM

Primary is too full......help
Well I finally did it, added yeast about 10 this morning, the airlock is singing good, but begining to fill with wort.....LOL whats the best was to handle this without contaminating the batch, I pulled the airlock, cleaned it, and lifted it a bit, what is the best thing to do if it begins to do it again?

smorris 01-13-2005 12:32 PM

You are going to have to put in a blow off tube. If the airlock clogs and it can't vent, you could end up mopping the ceiling.

Dark_Ale 01-13-2005 02:22 PM


Originally Posted by smorris
You are going to have to put in a blow off tube. If the airlock clogs and it can't vent, you could end up mopping the ceiling.

I got lucky this time........I caught it just as it was happening I guess it was just barely at the top. I was able to remove the airlock and raise it through the stopper a little bit, then I put it in a little cooler place......I knew it was a little to full, but I did'nt want to waist the brew....Thanks for the info I never thought about putting in a blow off tube.

Janx 01-13-2005 02:26 PM

If the fermentor is overfilled, you'll waste brew when it blows off in any event...

Usually this isn't a problem other than making a mess. Keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't clog up. When you rinse the airlock, sanitize it afterwards.


Brewman 01-13-2005 05:31 PM

I have had that happen before, now I use blowoff tubes on my primary's......

What I did do is cut a hole on the top of the of the airlock cap so that it will ooze out and not clog, just make sure the hole is not big enough for the lock to come out, you need to keep the seal with liquid. At least with the hole in it the blowoff will just run down the fermenter instead of the walls and ceiling.

Good luck........

rightwingnut 01-13-2005 11:37 PM

Ok, wait a minute. I removed the airlock cap for my fermentation. Just seemed to make sense; where is the air gonna go if it's on? Is it supposed to stay on???

smorris 01-13-2005 11:43 PM

RWN, sounds like you need to dispose of that batch. Send it to me and I'll take care of it for you. ;)

Brewman 01-14-2005 12:14 PM

You just don't want the lock inside the chamber to float away or get hung up on crusted beer letting air in.

I had a batch sit for days exposed to the air and it still tasted good....... :)

rightwingnut 01-14-2005 11:39 PM

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Okay, seriously, now. Here's a picture of an airlock (well, duh!). So you're telling me the piece on the far left...the cap...stays on during fermentation? Wouldn't the whole thing blow off once the gasses built up??? :confused: :confused: :confused:

rightwingnut 01-14-2005 11:40 PM

I just saw pictures of some guys fermentation...he had the cap on...but I still don't get it.

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