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Old 03-17-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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I've got a PM Wheat in the primary. It's been in there for about 3 days now. It has foamed up through the airlock! What do I need to do in this situation?

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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it's a little late for a blow off tube

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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Remove and clean off (and re-sanitize!) the airlock. If you have a blow off tube, I would be attaching that. If not, I would go and get the parts to make one.

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If you are using a bucket for a primary you can stick a length of siphon tubing where your airlock would normally go and run that to a container of sanitiser.

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I've got a PM Wheat in the primary. It's been in there for about 3 days now. It has foamed up through the airlock! What do I need to do in this situation?
In the future, I'd get some large-diameter vinyl tubing from lowes as a blowoff tube. A-like-a-so:



In the meantime...take off the airlock, clean and sanitize it. Then take a sanitized vinyl racking tube and fit it onto the interior "nub" on your airlock (assuming you have a 3-piece airlock), and run the other end into a bucket of sanitizer solution.
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You guys are quick. I went to Lowe's and bought some PVC to assemble a blow off tube like the one bradsul posted. What should I expect? Do I just leave it on until I transfer to the secondary?

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I usually ended up leaving mine on until primary fermentation was finished. Once the krausen starts dying down and there is no more risk of blow-off you can safely remove it if you want to however.

We should probably get some pictures of some different blow-off tubes on the wiki page. I've actually never even seen that style except for on the wiki. Evan!'s picture is a good one of the more common type (though I'm sure sure it's appropriate given one of the words on the label ).

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