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Old 02-10-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default My First EXPLOSION !!!

Well Friday night some friends and I brewed up the AHBS Douple IPA...

With all the extra sugars in this one I kinda assumed I might have a blow over problem... The kit calls for 9 lbs of LME and 1 lb. of corn sugar. I however added the 1% alcohol boost in addition, so this thing had 11 lbs of sugar total...

The kit also says this one will have an OG of 1.088, mine came in right there, about a 1.090 !

Well late last night I am laying on the couch and BOOM !!! At first I wondered, WTF was that, then it hit me, my primary had blown it's lid. So off to the closet I ran to find that indeed the top had blown off. The mess was not too bad, at least not like some other pics I have seen.

I cleaned off the wall, cleaned the air lock and reset it all in place.

One hour later.... BOOM !!!!... S**t, back to cleaning the wall and airlock again.

By this time, I am starting to try to rig a blow off tube... Nothing fits tightly on anything. My little 3/8" siphon hose (which is 5/8" on the exterior) will not fit anything tight enough to rig up a blow off hose...

So I put it all back together and hoped for the best. Within the hour, BOOM !!!

Now I wish I would have taken pics of the first three blow-ups, but I was tired and had been drinking and didn't get any. However, like I said I've seen pics of much worse blow overs... Mine just coated the wall in a 1 x 2 foot area...

Cleaned up the wall and airlock once again, but realized I was fighting a losing battle. So against all common sense, experience and information I left the lid on my plastic fermenter loose...

Should have taken other precautions but I went to sleep...

Here's what I woke up to this morning






So it's all cleaned up again and everything back in place.

Now I know you guys are gonna tell me glass car boy with wide blow over tube and next time I do a BIG beer like this I will comply.

However, now that I am sober and have some energy I was able to rig up a blowover hose. It's only a 3/8" hose, so I guess we will see...

Once I got her all cleaned up and locked up again, the airlock just went on it's happy way bubbling very fast. So now I have the blow over hose in place and hoping for the best with this beer. To be honest, there was so much klausen coming out this thing, I doubt seriously if any oxygen got to the beer or hurt it...

Live and learn I suppose...

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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I had to soak the hose tip in some very hot water to get it to fit over the airlock inner tube. This was the only way I could get it to work.

But working it is... Now I hear bubbling water. I guess if I fail to hear that I better go check on it...


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Wow, that was a nice description! And the pics are great.

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What you need to do, is cut the little end off of your airlock. If you look at the very bottom of it, you'll see a thingie, that blocks most of the pipe. Just cut it off, sanitize, and affix the tube.

That little thingie is blocking up, and blowing the lid.

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Live and learn, eh!? It sounds like you handled it well, though. Your beer should be just fine.

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Just woke up to the same thing! I brewed an IPA last night with 10 lbs. of extract and this morning i cleaned up 3 times before i gave in and picked up some more hose to drain into a bucket, same fix as you have done. the local Home brew supply guy said maybe it's too warm in my kitchen. I normally brew at a friends house that is noticeably cooler than mine. I've since moved the primary outside on my covered patio to lower the temperature a bit but it's still quite active.
I guess I know what to expect next time! keeping my fingers crossed!...

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What you need to do, is cut the little end off of your airlock. If you look at the very bottom of it, you'll see a thingie, that blocks most of the pipe. Just cut it off, sanitize, and affix the tube.

That little thingie is blocking up, and blowing the lid.

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that's an oustanding idea, the bottom of those things have little slits, why not make it bigger
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Just woke up to the same thing! I brewed an IPA last night with 10 lbs. of extract and this morning i cleaned up 3 times before i gave in and picked up some more hose to drain into a bucket, same fix as you have done. the local Home brew supply guy said maybe it's too warm in my kitchen. I normally brew at a friends house that is noticeably cooler than mine. I've since moved the primary outside on my covered patio to lower the temperature a bit but it's still quite active.
I guess I know what to expect next time! keeping my fingers crossed!...

sucks doesn't it... oh well, live and learn. i promise to attach a blow off hose with all brews that have a greater than 8 or 9 lbs of sugar



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that's an oustanding idea, the bottom of those things have little slits, why not make it bigger
Yep, just turn it into a piece of plastic pipe, without the "thingie" on the bottom.

Back when I started in this hobby, airlocks didn't have the "thingie." (Back then, T he Complete Joy of Homebrewing was called The NEW Complete...

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Big brews belong in 6.5 gallon carboys with a 1 1/4" blow off.

Ain't no way I'm sticking a 1090 beer in a bucket with that little bitty sphincter of a hole for a blow off.

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