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Old 09-12-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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I try to make this, a couple months back, and I used a glass carboy for primary fermentation; it didn't make it any further because the airlock got clogged with cherry crap and exploded. Should I be using a bucket instead of a carboy? Anyone else had sucess with this recipe or another fruit beer?

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Old 09-12-2007, 10:12 PM   #2
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Anytime you're adding fruit to a fermenter, prepare for a massive restart of the fermentation. You must use a blowoff tube, because the amount of CO2 created will overwhelm the airlock, plus you'll (as you found out) get solids lodged in the airlock too.

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Old 09-13-2007, 04:31 AM   #3
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Awesome. Thanks for the info.

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One of my customers did this recipe, and did it in a 5 gallon carboy. Blew the airlock completely off. His "better half" referred to it as "Cherries on the ceiling." Needless to say, she wasn't happy!

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Yes, blow off tube.
Get a 3-4 foot section of 1 1/4 (or 1 1/2) inch OD tubing. One end will jam in tightly in the mouth of the carboy, the other end in a juice jug half filled with water. This is just a large air lock, and it will handle all the large crap that blows out during "violent" primary fermentation.

You can leave this on for the duration, or swap it with a regular air lock after 3 or 4days.

btw, I made this about 10 years ago-it was awesome. I drank one case as soon as it carbed, the other was stored in the basement for six months. The aged case was definetly better.

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i just brewed a cherry beer using not the recipe for cherries in the snow, but still it had 8.5 lbs of cheeries in the primary. definitely use a blow off, i did my primary in a bucket not a carboy and ended up not quite reaching the cap so i did not have any true "blow off." carboy is much different, i would have had blow off based on the reduced space.

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Old 09-22-2007, 03:47 AM   #7
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I'm drinking this (with an adjustment) and just use a blow-off as said. Also don't expect it to taste sweet. I had to sweeten my with a little splenda when bottling so that it would be sorta like a lambic but I really like it and have gotten thumbs up on it.

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