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Old 02-06-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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I am a new brewer, and I have a slight problem. I have a 7 gallon plastic fermentation bucket and my wort has been fermenting for three days. I check on it today after my class and the yeast head has came up through the airlock and is bubbling out. My concern is contamination, what should i do?

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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Pop open a beer, clean the airlock, sanitize, replace, have another beer.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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At worst you will need a blow off tube if it continues. A blowoff is a horribly complicated device with many moving parts.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=51316

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.

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Old 02-06-2008, 05:09 PM   #5
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The same thing ALMOST happened to me, yesterday. I have my Westy 12 clone in the primary. Didn't see any activity yesterday morning, but by the time I got home, last night, the kreusen came up, and subsided in 12 hours. It came up and just barely touched the bottom of the airlock. Fortunate for me. I have it sitting in the empty dining room, on a beer case, on my newly refinished oak floors !!!!! Could have been a disaster, not to mention how pi$$ed off I would have been, for maybe ruining the floor.

Anyway, that does happen, I will definitely NOT have the next batch where this one is fermenting. At least I'll get it set in a tote, or just use a blowoff tube. I'll have to get it dog proofed though. A 100 pound Chessy does whatever he wants to do. LOL

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The same thing ALMOST happened to me, yesterday. I have my Westy 12 clone in the primary. Didn't see any activity yesterday morning, but by the time I got home, last night, the kreusen came up, and subsided in 12 hours. It came up and just barely touched the bottom of the airlock. Fortunate for me. I have it sitting in the empty dining room, on a beer case, on my newly refinished oak floors !!!!! Could have been a disaster, not to mention how pi$$ed off I would have been, for maybe ruining the floor.

Anyway, that does happen, I will definitely NOT have the next batch where this one is fermenting. At least I'll get it set in a tote, or just use a blowoff tube. I'll have to get it dog proofed though. A 100 pound Chessy does whatever he wants to do. LOL
Mine is a Midas Touch clone and it has been fermenting like mad the last two days, this morning it was fine, and when i got back from class it was like a mini volcano of yeast head lol.
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Mine is a Midas Touch clone .
have you been brewing long, or did you want to go for an exotic brew right out of the gates?

As for your problem, like the others have said. No worries.
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For next time you should think about a blow off tube. Blow off tubes are an easy way to avoid a messy wort explosion. They're easy to set up which is why I use them on every primary fermentation.

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Right you are Brian P.
I sometimes leave them on for all of primary. Why disturb them?

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no worries........ provided that airlock doesn't get gummed up! Fermenters have been known to swell the lid up into a semi-circle and then BOOM! Stuff exits the bucket with enough umph to hit the ceiling. Just make sure that doesn't happen

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