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Old 01-25-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default The horrible happened ARRG!

Well, it finally happened. I ignored the advice of those on this board and now paid the price. I brewed a beer and FAILED to use a large blow off tube. The tube I used clogged with hops that got by the strainer, and the stopper blew off under pressure. Luckily, I used an old towel to wrap around the carboy and stopper because I am paranoid about the brews getting to much light. This kept the mess down as well as a little layer between the air and open carboy. The huge question is this: Is the beer ruined? It has a thick layer of krausen on top. Would you dump it or continue with it? I should have known to use a bigger blow off tube because of the massive increase of hops I am using in my IPAs than normal. 2 ounces then to 5+ nowadays.

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Old 01-25-2008, 03:52 PM   #2
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Rule #1: Never dump it until it's been either bottled for a month, or you nearly puke trying to do a taste sample at bottling time.

Other than that, no need to dump what could be a fine beer.

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Old 01-25-2008, 03:55 PM   #3
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I'm sure it's fine. I've brewed lots of batches, and still every once in a while I get a blowoff (I got one last batch, I got drunk before I could put on the blowoff tube). I haven't gotten an infection from a blowoff yet.

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Old 01-25-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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Nah - it'll be fine. Just clean up the airlock and put it back in (I assume the blowoff phase is done) and get a blowoff tube for the next batch.

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Old 01-25-2008, 03:59 PM   #5
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I got drunk before I could put on the blowoff tube

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Old 01-25-2008, 04:11 PM   #6
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I used one of those small diameter blow off tubes that fit inside the rubber stopper. I will buy a tube that takes up the entire hole in the carboy.

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I've seen these caps that you can attach a blow off tube or two to. Maybe that would work.

Just be sure to submerge both tubes or you could end up with an intake and exhaust thing going on.

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I've seen these caps that you can attach a blow off tube or two to. Maybe that would work.

Just be sure to submerge both tubes or you could end up with an intake and exhaust thing going on.
The carboy caps do work quite well for that.
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Your beer isn't ruined. Stop freaking out.

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Big blowoff tubes rock. Pic is RichBrewers

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