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Old 11-14-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Lesson learned...use a blow off.

I brewed 5 gallons of Patersbier on Nov 10th and had brewed it once before using only an airlock, so I figured it wouldn't be a problem this time, either.

Last night I looked at the fermentation and it was quite active but seemed OK. Well, this morning I went to the basement and...oh my. The airlock was still intact but it was plugged tight and the cap was bulging. I quickly grabbed a blow off tube and stuck it in a 5 gallon bucket of StarSan. Then I ever so slowly tried removing the airlock, but still ended up with a face full of yeasties and it splattered the ceiling, as well.

I got the blow off tube attached, but it continued belching krausen through the blow off tube and into the container for a half hour.

This was the first time (hopefully the last) this has happened to me. Did I do the correct thing or should I have done something else, other than put the blow off tube on first?
From now on, everthing gets a blow off tube...

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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When will people learn...

*shakes head*

When you get an explosive blowoff through your airlock, you're supposed to take pictures of the mess FIRST, and THEN clean up and attach a blowoff tube! We want photos!

And when you see the airlock bulging and there's even a SLIGHT chance you're going to get a face full of krausen, you need to have SWMBO there with a video camera recording when you pull the puppy off!

Come on! Get with the program here, you guys!

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:57 PM   #3
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Oh, the wife was there but she was laughing at my "krausen face" too much to be able to hold a video camera...

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