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Old 03-26-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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Okay, here's what happened. I attempted to make a blueberry wheat for my first brew. I had it in the primary last evening at 6pm. This morning I went to check on it and the first thing I noticed was 'beer' up in the airlock. Second thing I noticed was a third of the lid was lifted off and quite a bit had flowed out from there and down the side of the bucket. I'm wondering exactly what went wrong. I'm a total newbie so I'm not sure of what specifics I can offer to you all to help me figure out what it was. I'm sure it levelled off at 5 gallons. I used a wheat kit from my LHBS. I bought a 49oz can of blueberry puree from there as well, and a pound of honey from my local store based off of his recommendation. I did everything as outlined in Palmer's online book. I added the honey to the wort, and the puree into the primary before the wort was added. I noticed that after a few hours in the primary that the airlock was bubbling more than I had expected it to by then....I didn't think too much of it though since I had no previous experience. I'm sure the lid was on tight and secure as well...I double checked that I had it pushed down and seated all the way.

Any insight you all can help me gain into what went wrong?

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Old 03-26-2006, 04:47 PM   #2
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You had an "active fermentation." Nothing is fu..ed... well maybe your carpet. Wheat gives good head retention (think blowing bubbles in milk as opposed to water) and with sugars from wort, berries, and honey youmade lots of co2 really quickly.

clean up the mess. Reseal the lid. If foam is still coming into your airlock, replace it with a hose (the siphon hose will work fine) run into a glass of water (sanitizer or liquor will also work fine).

You are making some good beer.

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Old 03-26-2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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As far as the beer goes, everything sounds fine. You just need to make some equipment agjustments. I'd rig up a blow-off hose for the first couple days until the majority of the fermentation is complete then put the airlock back on.

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Old 03-26-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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It sounds like nothing went wrong, You had a vigorous fermentation that clogged the airlock creating pressure that popped the top.....

You had blowover, I once had one that popped the lid up at the ceiling and made quite a mess, the brew turned out fine. Put a blow-off tube in in place of the airlock for a couple days, Your brew is probably fine

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I can't believe nobody told this guy to relax, don't worry, and have a brew.

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OK. I will. Yo, dude...relax and have a home brew!!!

I agree with everyone else. Your Blaubeeren Weizen sounds tasty.

Here's a tip...I know a bit late, but...next time place your fermenter in one of those Rubbermaid-type bins in case of another blowover.

In case you ever worry about a blueberry geyser you can always place a plastic garbage bag over the top of the fermenter too.

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I have had many blow overs in the past. Sometimes with a blow off tube!! I have learned to ferment in the spare bath tub and draw the shower curtain. I then place a black shirt over the bucket/carboy. This way if it does happen, it is well contained.

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I wonder, if you contained the mess into a clean tupperware bucket, and then used it for some pancakes in the morning....hmmm.....

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Thanks guys! I'll relax....but will have to wait for a homebrew. I ended up throwing it out (was that stupid?) as I didn't feel comfortable with how long it may have been open and 'exposed'.

Thanks for the good ideas for the ways to contain messes with any possible future blow overs! I'll put that into practice tomorrow when I redo this brew. I'm just gonna use the rest of my day to clean and prepare to do this again tomorrow.

Would the blow off tube mentioned be something my LHBS would have or is it something I'd have to make myself?

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Would the blow off tube mentioned be something my LHBS would have or is it something I'd have to make myself?

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http://homebrewtalk.com/showpost.php...20&postcount=6

I found that post helpful.

Good luck.

Kevin

Edit - basically it's a tube on the top of your carboy with one end in a pail of water. Same principle as an airlock, but the tube gives the krausen somewhere to go.
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