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Old 01-02-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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First explosion in 2 years of brewing. Fermcap, you have failed me and I will never trust you again.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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Thats one hell of a mess. Fermcap failed you.. that sucks.

Were you using a blow off hose or airlock?

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Old 01-02-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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Airlock, of course. Never needed a blow off before when using Fermcap. I'll always use a blow off from now on though.

If my freezer hadn't been full, at least the mess would've been contained to that. As of right now, there is still beer on the ceiling but everything else is cleaned up. Thank god SWMBO is out of town.

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Old 01-02-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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I had one blowout, never again will I not use a blowoff tube. at least for the first couple of days
have fun cleaning up that sticky mess

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It blew off to the ceiling... now thats a blow off.

I had some bottle gushers that hit the ceiling once but never a bucket or carboy.

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Old 01-02-2011, 02:43 PM   #6
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I hear ya! For whatever reason my dark beers always have the mos vigorous fermentation. I had a porter blow the lid off the bucket before, and it hit the ceiling.

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Sucks on the mess -- I have had one carboy explosion, a stout. Have had 3 bottles explode. 1 porter and 2 stouts. Murphy's law, baby.

Do you add more fermcap at pitching, or rely on what was in your boil kettle? And if so, do you make sure to give the carboy a good shake/swirl to disperse it across the wort surface? Fermcap's efficacy really increased for me when I tried those things.

I noticed that beers with flaked grains really push the limit of what fermcap can control.

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How do you store your fermcap, it needs to be refrigerated. Maybe it's too old?

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How do you store your fermcap, it needs to be refrigerated. Maybe it's too old?
I had no idea it needed to be refrigerated, thanks for the tip!
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how do you guys rig a blowoff tube into a bucket lid? The hole in the lid of my bucket is not nearly large enough for the 1" diameter of the blowoff tube that came with my starter kit

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