Originally Posted by Lucretius
I thought my 6.5 gallon fermenter could hold anything except a barley wine without a blowoff hose. Was it the fact that I had 14g of dry yeast in there, or was it the 8 lbs of DME that did me in?
(The OG on this beer is 1.080, my highest yet - the hydrometer tells me it corresponds to a possible alcohol of around 12%. I hope this turns out well!)
Sir, You'll find that a blowoff tube is your friend, I now use it on all primary fermentations until krausen has fallen. I've stopped trying to predict which brew will blow off, too many variables to predict. Yeast have a mind of their own.
As a side note, when you do use an airlock, in my opinion it is better to use cheap vodka to fill it in case you pull a vacuum when pulling it out or removing the lid so that if some gets sucked in the fermentor all it does is add alcohol instead of adding possible unwanted organisms. brew on