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.
You live and you learn!