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Old 09-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Lid about to blow off ! lol

just finished my imperial Ipa and first partial mash experience. just had a quick question about the fermentation activity.
I have a blowoff tube already equipped but there is so much pressure it is pushing the lid up so there are little bubbles coming out the side of the lid seal.(if that makes sense)
I was wondering if anyone has had this happen (which i am sure) and what did you do?

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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A picture would help, but it sounds like your blowoff tube is either clogged, or much too small.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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A picture would help, but it sounds like your blowoff tube is either clogged, or much too small.
pretty sure your right, i think the blowoff is way too small, i may have to purchase a lid and make a bigger opening and get a bigger tube
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I had the same thing happen to me...My APA had a blow off on the bottom piece of a three piece airlock, and the lid was still bowed up in the middle...

Edit: Like above. BTW, the map is not as helpful as the second pic.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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I had the same thing happen to me...My APA had a blow off on the bottom piece of a three piece airlock, and the lid was still bowed up in the middle...

Edit: Like above. BTW, the map is not as helpful as the second pic.
yeah, Im going to look around for another lid and ideas on making a bigger blowoff tube
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Did you cut off the bottom of that airlock? That would help, too.

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Just be careful. As soon as you start to open that lid, it will want to pop off. I got sprayed in the eye with a Russian Imperial Stout that was blowing the air lock off.

This is also the reason I switched to carboys. Instead of attaching the tube to the air lock, you can get a larger tube (I forget what size, but do a search and you'll find it) that fits perfectly inside the neck of the carboy, creating an air-tight seal, and allowing for much more blow off. Never had any issues with this method, it works beautifully.

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Just be careful. As soon as you start to open that lid, it will want to pop off. I got sprayed in the eye with a Russian Imperial Stout that was blowing the air lock off.

This is also the reason I switched to carboys. Instead of attaching the tube to the air lock, you can get a larger tube (I forget what size, but do a search and you'll find it) that fits perfectly inside the neck of the carboy, creating an air-tight seal, and allowing for much more blow off. Never had any issues with this method, it works beautifully.
i have seen that method in videos, unfortunately i dont have another spare carboy for that so that may be in my next plan.
does the plastic carboy work the same as glass, doesnt impart any off flavors?
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Since BB's are PET plastic as are ale pails,I don't think they will impart any off flavors. I have a 6G BB I'm going to oak my next batch of Whiskely in a couple months from now. I stored 5 gallons of local spring water in it after sanitizing it for a couple weeks waiting on a cool front. Water was fine at that point,so beer should still be ok,even if it is a bit acidic by nature.

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