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Old 09-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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So I probably filled my fermenter up a little high with my imperial pumpkin ale and the yeast are going nuts. Bucket is very full now and yeast sludge is getting blown into the blowoff tube (thank god I used a blow off tube) you can see it in the attached picture. Does anyone have any suggestions at this point (swap out the water in the growler, clean tube, just leave it and let the yeast party, etc)??? Just want to make sure I don't ruin the beer because of this... Thanks!

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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I only have a few brews under my belt and half of them did this. So I asked the very same question. As long as its still fermenting leave it alone. It's still a good barrier against infection. Once it stops you can swap them out with new sanitized equipment. Or as long as the liquid in the blow off tube has not solidified. Hope this helps.

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Thanks! I have brewed about 10 to 15 beers and this is the first time using a blowoff tube and DEFINITELY the most active fermentation I have had. Looks like I am letting the yeast party for now. :-)

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In the rare cases I have had this happen....once i know a blow off tube is no longer needed I put on a new sanitized airlock....usually after the first 2 - 3 days, I can swap out.

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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In the rare cases I have had this happen....once i know a blow off tube is no longer needed I put on a new sanitized airlock....usually after the first 2 - 3 days, I can swap out.
That is what I was thinking as well. Thanks!
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What temp are you fermenting at? What yeast are you using?

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Does anyone have any suggestions at this point (swap out the water in the growler, clean tube, just leave it and let the yeast party, etc)???
Party on Wayne

Leave it - It'll be fine. Maybe change the growler water
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What temp are you fermenting at?
^^This. I'm betting it's way too warm.
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^^This. I'm betting it's way too warm.
2 packs of Safale us-05 and temp is no more than 70 degrees. Pitched at 67 degrees Sunday night and gradually got more vigorous throughout yesterday. It started going nuts like that last night and it was actually probably closer to 67 or 68 at most over night.
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2 packs of Safale us-05 and temp is no more than 70 degrees. Pitched at 67 degrees Sunday night and gradually got more vigorous throughout yesterday. It started going nuts like that last night and it was actually probably closer to 67 or 68 at most over night.
I usually ferment between 60-62 and rarely have an out of control fermentation. Though it has happened. IMO 70 is way too high.
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