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Old 01-06-2010, 05:40 AM   #1
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I am brewing a California Style Ale and used Wyeast 1056 yeast and the yeast nutrient I have had to change my airlocks 5 times in the last 5 days. It is really fermenting and my airlocks are getting clogged. But it is really smelling good, really hoppy. I santize the airlocks each time i replace them. Is there a chance of infection. I guess i will use a blow off from now on.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:50 AM   #2
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What temp are you fermenting at? Higher temps can definitely cause that. Depending on how much headspace you have in your fermenter, that can happen with an active ferment at normal temperatures too.

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:04 AM   #3
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I wouldn't worry too much about it getting infected.

I would try to use a larger fermenter, or make slightly smaller batches, and if you're fermenting at higher temps, better temperature control. For Wyeast 1056 I would try to keep it in the 60-66F range.

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:29 AM   #4
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I am fermenting at 70F the first three days i was at 68F. Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:06 AM   #5
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while the ferment is that active you can just put a piece of foil over the top.

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Old 01-06-2010, 07:06 PM   #6
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+1 on the blowoff

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