First, let me dispense with the introduction. I'm brand new to this forum and never thought I'd find a hombrew forum. Imagine my delight when I found this! I'm thrilled to be here!
I got away from homebrewing for a few years and jumped back in last weekend by making a batch of a mead (5 gals) and an American Ale (5 gals) for my neighbor. I've done the mead before, but not the ale. I'm quite sure I did well with sanitizing and all my prep on both batches.
Problem is, both are not having the usual strong blow-off I'm used to with kreusen pressing up through the blow-off hose and a thick layer of foam forming on to of the brew. I see CO2 bubbles rising to the top in steady streams and I can hear a regular "blurp" of the CO2 passing through the blow-off hose and out through sanitized solution the end of the hose is standing in. This "blurp" happens roughly every 5 seconds, so there is considerable production going on.
Am I experiencing a blow-off with fewer "fireworks" than normal because the temp in my brewing room is lower than ale yeast would like? I'm registering a temp of about 48-50 degrees down there. I'm sure everything is alright and maybe I should just relax and have a homebrew, but I'd like to hear some other opinions. Please share your thoughts!