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Old 10-02-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Got a question for those in the know. Started an ale yesterday; this morning woke up to a volcano. Hooked up a blow off tube and cleaned up; my question is with all the gonk sticking to the top of my carboy when it settles down do I need to rack to a clean carboy. And should I be concerned that I have all this stuff moving around or will it all settle out properly. I was supposed to add 1 pound of brown sugar today; probably not a good idea right
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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That happens more often to me than I'd like.. You'll be fine. I would wait a couple days until calms down to add the extra sugar. Everything will settle out and IMO you don't really need to transfer to a clean carboy but that's depending on your sanitation practices. Do what makes you feel comfortable.

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:41 PM   #3
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Those crazy yeast are doing their thing. No need to rack though, all that krausen will eventually fall down to the bottom or stick to the sides. Adding fuel to the fire right now sounds like a bad idea. I don't know what recipe you're using but I thought you were supposed to add sugar toward the end once fermentation has slowed down. I would think that would take a few days.

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies and advice. My recipe is an imperial pale ale and it calls for the brown sugar addition once fermentation is going on but that does sound like a real bad idea right now.

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Old 10-02-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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how big is your fermenter?

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Old 10-03-2011, 03:17 AM   #6
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Tell us you aren't doing a five gallon batch in a 21 liter vessel!

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Sorry it's actually 23 l. And my batch is 4 and a half gal. This is only my second batch so whatever advice you have I'll take. Cheers back at ya.

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I had a similar situation over the weekend. I'm fermenting in 7.5 gal plastic bucket. Pitched the yeast Saturday afternoon and noticed a little foam coming up the airlock last night. This morning I woke up to find the airlock blown off and a large mound of foam coming out the hole. I'm hoping it settles down today and it still turns out okay, on the plus side it is smelling very good. My question is, what causes this to happen and what can I do to avoid this in the future.

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I had a similar situation over the weekend. I'm fermenting in 7.5 gal plastic bucket. Pitched the yeast Saturday afternoon and noticed a little foam coming up the airlock last night. This morning I woke up to find the airlock blown off and a large mound of foam coming out the hole. I'm hoping it settles down today and it still turns out okay, on the plus side it is smelling very good. My question is, what causes this to happen and what can I do to avoid this in the future.
Was it a 5 Gal batch?
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