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Old 02-05-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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I am about 24 hours into a DFH 90 clone with 2x nottinghams. It is 65 in the room. the better bottle is at 72 and I have a 1/2 blowoff hose with a #10 stopper. There is a steady stream of gasses coming out followed by a large burp of gas every 10 or so seconds. The problem is that I can actually see the fermenter expand and shrink during the burp. Should I pull the hose out and clear it or will there be a mess everywhere? It is releasing gas but it builds up quite a bit of pressure, it is almost splashing sanitizer ouw of the 5 gallon water jug I have the tube running to.
If i pull the hose out where there be a rush of foam?

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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Grab a bottle of alcohol right now that has a sprayer on 70%. Spray everything around the stopper the neck of the carboy and the hose thoroughly. Spray your hands as well. Pull it all apart cleared if you have to put it back together let it blow off into the bucket. As long as you are quick and clean you should be okay. I hope this helps.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:24 AM   #3
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Spray it with alcohol again because you were putting it all back together.

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I moved the hose in and out a couple times and it helped for a minute or two, its getting clogged up with hops, I need a bigger blow off hose asap. There is nothing that I can use. It is entertaining to watch but i dont need the stopper flying out and beer everywhere.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:47 AM   #5
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I managed to knock down a bunch of the hops and other debris that was plastered to the bung area with the blowoff hose, she is angry though. I'll keep an eye on it, maybe put it in the tub if she decides to blow. I was wondering why I was hearing bottles rattle in the spare bedroom, probably because there is 5 gallons of beer jumping around on a desk.

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Well it didnt plug up and blow last night. The problem is now that the temp iss above 78. I place two towels that were soaked in ice water, have a fan blowing on it and have the window open(20* outside) is this temp going to ruin the beer?

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BTW it could not have been at this temp for longer than a few hours as 7 hours ago it was 72

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Get it cooler. Notty is downright funky over 70, even over 68 I don't care for it. I find Notty works best below 62.

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I already notice the smell has changed in the blowoff bottle, and not for the best. I am going to isolate the room with the window open and put the fermenter in a rubbermaid full of cool water, hopefully this batch is not ruined, I was really looking forward to the final result.

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I already notice the smell has changed in the blowoff bottle, and not for the best. I am going to isolate the room with the window open and put the fermenter in a rubbermaid full of cool water, hopefully this batch is not ruined, I was really looking forward to the final result.
That was gonna be my next suggestion. I wouldn't stress too much over this batch being messes up, way to early in the process for that. Get it cooler, mid 60s should work. Once fermentation begins to slow down, let it warm up to 68-70, that will allow the yeast to work a li'l harder and longer and they will actually do a little cleaning up after themselves at the end of fermentation. Get rid of some of those esters produced from the warm temps. Yeast metabolism is amazing, they do crazy $hit like that. My guess is that in a beer as hoppy and flavorful as 90 min, a small level of esters and whatnot won't even be noticed.
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