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Old 01-10-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Thar she blows - How bad (or good) is this?

Quick background:
- Brewed the 11.11.11 yesterday. All grain, Wyeast Old Ale Blend yeast from a healthy starter (started last Saturday with 2 cups water, 1/2 cup light DME, and then added a second edition on Wednesday same measurements).
- No issues with the brewing. Pitched yeast into 5.25 gallons of wort and had an OG of 1.082
- Given starter, OG and size I opted for a 6 gallon carboy with a blow-off tube.
- Tube goes into an empty plastic apple juice container with a hole cut out of the top for ventilation. Container is filled with sanitizer.
- Yeast pitched at 8:15 last night, carboy placed in basement with ambient temp of 62 degrees.

This morning around 6 I checked on it and there were bubbles coming out of the ventilation hole and kruzen through out the tube. I expected this and not surprised. I emptied some of the sanitizing liquid in the container since there was a small trail of liquid by it.

I came home tonight to find I have the Mt Vesuvius of kruzen in my basement.

I would like to verify that the volume of liquid coming out is not indicative of some other issue. I have used blow off tubes in the past but not with this result. Also, is this desired or should I be using a bigger carboy. I still think the carboy vs bucket was the right call, but holy smokes this is crazy. Here are some pictures, which does not fully capture what is all over the floor.

Please keep in mind that the sanitizing liquid was clear to start and it is now as dark as the beer in the carboy.

Thank you

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Old 01-10-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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Ha. LMFAO!!!

Edit...now just LMAO!!! 5.25G in a 6 might be pushing it (obviously here) and no, you don't have "some other issue". Ha...good luck with the cleanup and you are the man for posting pics!!!

Ha!

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Old 01-10-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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I'd be worried that you blew off too much yeast to finish the job, but odds are that it'll be fine minus some volume and proteins.

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Yeah, see all that foam there? That was going to be the head on your beers. Sorry for your loss, the beer will taste nearly the same, but boost your carbonation and drink fast once it's in the glass.

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Yeah, see all that foam there? That was going to be the head on your beers. Sorry for your loss, the beer will taste nearly the same, but boost your carbonation and drink fast once it's in the glass.
I'm curious as to the reasoning behind this statement.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:07 AM   #6
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I'm curious as to the reasoning behind this statement.
Me too. I would think that foam is primarily from the sanitizer.
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Yeah, see all that foam there? That was going to be the head on your beers. Sorry for your loss, the beer will taste nearly the same, but boost your carbonation and drink fast once it's in the glass.
WTF?
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Your beer will be fine, you've got a nice healthy fermentation. Next time you could try some Fermcap in the fermenter, that usually knocks the foam back pretty well.

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Me too. I would think that foam is primarily from the sanitizer.
The foam is a combination of yeast cells, large impurities and long chain protiens such as the ones that contribute to the head on a beer. Most of the protiens that are responsible for head retention are hydrophobic, thus they are surface attracted and will coat the surface of small bubbles rising through the solution. There they increase surface tension and stabilize the bubbles contributing to longer lasting head on the beer. If you strip theise protiens uut of solution via foam fractionation durring fermentation, there will be lower concentrations available for head retention when you actually want the bubbles stabilized. I'm not saying that the beer will be headless, but you simply can not have that kind of blowoff without stripping desirable protiens from the beer. And your beer will have much improved head retention if you prevent blowoff like that
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If it makes you feel any better, I just woke up to the same thing with a beer I brewed last night.

It was interesting to wake up to an orange wall and realize what that water sound was that I kept hearing...

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