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Old 04-07-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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I have a beer I just pitched last night and I woke up this morning to hissing coming out the sides of the bucket and the lid is noticeably bulging. I put it out side to try and cool the temps down (it must be over 70), and so if the airlock blows out I don't get beer all over my house. Not really sure what to do, I don't want the beer to explode all over the house and I don't want to chill the yeast and stall the process? Any suggestions.

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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I assume you have an actual airlock? That's where all the excess co2 should go. Now it is possible for that airlock to become clogged with krausen then the bucket could blow off.

If you are seeing / hearing gas coming out from around the lid, I would take the airlock out and unclog it.

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Old 04-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Rig a blow off tube to the airlock. If its a 3 piece style airlock, take off the cap and take out the clicker/tube cover piece and attach a piece of tubing over the center and then run the other end of the tubing into a bucket of water or sanitizer. I've had buckets blow the airlock out before and I would be if it got vigorous enough, it could blow the whole lid.

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Blown off lids are extremely messy...get that airlocked clean at the least but you're gonna have to keep an eye on it for 24 hrs. Agreed with using a blowoff tube if that is available.

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Old 04-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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The beer turned out fine.

I've had 2 complete bucket blowoffs and both ended up fine.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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I had the same issue, i just used my siphoning tube as a blow off and stuck it in a a half gallon jug of sterile water

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Old 04-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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I've had the lid blow off once and a clogged airlock a few times. All the beers were fine after I rigged up some tubing into a bucket of Star San.

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
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I had the same issue, i just used my siphoning tube as a blow off and stuck it in a a half gallon jug of sterile water
+1 Easy and cheap, fits perfectly in a bucket airlock grommet.
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nice, thanks for the info, now i just have to work on temp control for this beer.

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You dont want to chill the yeast? If its in the first few days and you know its outside of the yeast fermentation ramge you should try to cool it down under 70° don't worry about sralling the yeast. If its past 4ish days the off flavors are already done.

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