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Old 10-25-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default Overflow on unsealed fermenter

On Sunday we brewed at 10 gallon all-grain batch of a pale ale. Our fermentation bucket is not airtight - it does not seal. I did go ahead and but an airlock on it anyway just in case. Ive been checking it off and on and it has been an active fermentation.

However I went outside this morning and looked to see how it was going and we had an overflow. A pretty decent sized one. Now most of it looks as if it was the yeast type build up/ sediment. However some beer couldve gotten out as well.

What do I have to worry about? Ive never had this happen before - usually we just do 5 gallon batches. Its our first shot at a 10 gallon batch.

Should do we anything to help this batch? Precautions for the next?

Any help is appreciated!

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Try a new lid to see if that seals it up. Then use a blow off for the first few days of initial fermentation.
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I don't think there is a different type of lid - I got this at my lhbs and it reminds me of a garbage can.

I just want to make sure my current fermenting batch is not screwed.

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With krausen & co2 flowing,probably not.The brewer's best ale pale I bought for my wife has a lid with no sealing ring on it too. But it snaps on really tight. I wondered about those "garbage can" size fermenters. Didn't look like it'd seal real well to me,but I've never tried one.
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I was too. I questioned my lhbs about it but he said it woks really well.

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I was just wondering,does it come with any sort of clamps to hold the lid down?
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It did not. But i may go try to find some that will work.

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With that kind of fermenter I'd think about racking it to a secondary after initial ferment has finished (take gravity readings). You could get a sheet of plastic (lexan?), drill a hole for grommet/airlock and weigh it down on top of the fermenter for the future. I'm not a big fan of unsealed fermenters in a home brew environment. I've seen many crawling bugs climbing around licking up that spilled wort.

btw I've seen those fermenters used a lot, but it has always been with wine.

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Clean the spill to avoid mold and other nasties and stop worrying about it. Unless you're fermenting in a barn or an unfinished basement, the chances of something getting to it are slim to none and not worth the stress.

And next time use a bigger bucket obviously.

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Awesome - glad to hear the good news. Thanks for the responses. Maybe ill order something like this:

http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/...p-Plastic-Drum

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