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Komocabo 10-05-2013 02:44 AM

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Originally Posted by KettleCorn (Post 5560087)
blow off and pour it back in when it settles....
Be clean ;)

Please do not do this...

milldoggy 10-05-2013 02:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Komocabo (Post 5560530)

Please do not do this...

Correct, wth is he saying.

signpost 10-05-2013 02:59 AM

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Originally Posted by day_trippr (Post 5559248)
Besides, I love the "whomping" sounds emanating from my ferm fridge with the blowoffs in place. Much more impressive sounding than what a bubbler can manage. I have a double batch just finishing up that was highly entertaining this week :D

That right there is the most convincing reason to use a blow-off tube that I've heard yet. Thank you, I hadn't considered that aspect. Somewhat related, I'm an avid air-lock sniffer. What size/shape blow-off container is best for retaining the aroma of the expelled foam?

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Originally Posted by Pilgarlic (Post 5559359)
For what it's worth, the Heading of this thread is a pretty good example of a "false dichotomy".

Cool.

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Originally Posted by mrtwister (Post 5560212)
I know that I use a blowoff because I live in an apartment and can not risk an overflow in my unit. But I also do not see why it matters what setup someone uses if it is what they are comfortable with.

It doesn't matter. I just get annoyed when people preach something like a blow-off tube as the only way to without providing their reasoning or the parameters that lead to their choice. How can I assess the validity of somebody's advice if I don't know anything about them or why they do things a certain way?

JeffD1 10-05-2013 03:09 AM

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Originally Posted by signpost (Post 5560577)
I just get annoyed when people preach something like a blow-off tube as the only way to without providing their reasoning or the parameters that lead to their choice. How can I assess the validity of somebody's advice if I don't know anything about them or why they do things a certain way?

I'm amazed that you've had that experience on this site. I find almost everyone to be very helpful...especially if you follow up with a question. Also if you get so annoyed at these people, why not address them in the thread, not start a new thread complaining about those people. Also, based on your first post, you seemed to know a lot about why people say they use them. It seems someone told you their reasoning.

Darkness 10-05-2013 03:21 AM

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Yep that a 14.25 gal Demi John with 11 gal of stout. 3.25 gal of head space and look at the blow off container. That's after it filled the first blow off container and put 1 gal on my floor

KettleCorn 10-05-2013 03:30 AM

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Originally Posted by milldoggy (Post 5560563)
Correct, wth is he saying.

Probably best not to do this...
We have lab type equipment.. I forget most do not have this type of setup.
Must be a closed clean system to do this cleanly.

Never mind...

Blow it off and throw it out.
you'll only blow off about a beer or two.

PseudoChef 10-05-2013 03:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Darkness (Post 5560620)
Well he is why
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Yep that a 14.25 gal Demi John with 11 gal of stout. 3.25 gal of head space and look at the blow off container. That's after it filled the first blow off container and put 1 gal on my floor

You should put the container lower than the demijohn. A temperature shift witha decrease in the fermentation pressure or something could cause the blow-off liquid to siphon back into the carboy.

As for me, I haven't used a blow-off in about 6 years. I use Fermcap in my boil and it seems to carry over well to the fermentor. Even in those rare cases, I use foil and ferment in easily cleanable spaces, so the krausen just pushes the foil off and droops down the sides of the carboy. I personally think that's much easier to clean than a blow-off tube.

milldoggy 10-05-2013 09:53 AM

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I use this setup, makes cleaning easier

tmendick 10-05-2013 11:47 AM

I WANT your ferm fridge. I always use a blowoff tube in my 6 gallon carboy and ale pail (had blowoffs on both). I don't like the idea of adding chemicals to my beer, especially just to control krausen, seems counterproductive.

Komocabo 10-08-2013 11:34 PM

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There is something about the "bulb blub" of active fermentation that is just fascinating and fun. Especially when there is an obvious backup and you get one amazingly loud and furious bubble.


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