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Old 10-27-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Two in a row. Airlocks to the ceiling.

Well something has changed in my fermentations. I've NEVER had a plugged airlock or a blown lid but now it's happening.

I have started rehydrating my yeast and I made a pretty big beer this last time but not that big 1.069.

Should I start fermenting in something else so I don't have to deal with this? I'm just using the standard Ale Pale.

Do most of you use a carboy with a blow-off now a days?? The bucket has always worked well but now I'm sick of cleaning off the ceiling and worrying about a lid flying off.



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Old 10-27-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Solution: FermcapS.

What is the fermentation temperature?

I've replaced all my ale pail lids with sheets of plexiglass; makes it easier to monitor the ferment and there's no airlock stem to clog.



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Old 10-27-2009, 01:33 PM   #3
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Fire 1!






Fire 2!

In 3 years of brewing I had only used a airlock the first 5 or 6 brews.

Now a days, I just lay the lid over the top of the bucket and set the bucket inside a diswashing bin for easier cleanup.

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Old 10-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #4
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Ale pail plus blow off.

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Old 10-27-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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Come on. When will people learn we need pictures!

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Old 10-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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+1 to pictures

Stop using an airlock for the first week of fermentation. Either put the lid on loosely or use a blow off. put your pale in a cooler or something else as you will still get an occasional "boil over".

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Old 10-27-2009, 02:54 PM   #7
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When you use a blow off with the pail, do you just stick the blow off tube into the same grommet that the airlock would use? If so, what size tubing fits?

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Pretty sure it's 3/8" hose. I just put it a little way into the grommet so I get top foam that's causing the pressure. I run my blow off tube into a spray bottle half full of starsan solution. Works great.

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I just control my fermenting temperature to hang in the mid 60's and no longer see the crazy activity. Thar she blows = less beer!

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Yep 3/8" right in the hole.

Heh heh I said "in the hole"....



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