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Old 01-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #11
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Sounds good. Thank you for the additional advice.



How long should I keep it in the blowoff for? Or better question, when will I know when I no longer need the blowoff?

I rig up a blow off tube from the get go. I I save about 3 glass pitchers/vases/etc of left over sanitizer from brew day and cover them with foil. I use one for the start of fermentation, the second if the first gets nasty, and the third to sanitize/fill my airlock. I replace the blow off tube when fermentation calms down sufficiently. (About a bubble per minute or less).


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Old 01-29-2014, 01:44 AM   #12
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Thank you everyone for all your advice and feedback.

Just an update, as of about five minutes ago the overflow bottle looked like this:





I know I probably didn't need to but I wanted to get a clean bottle of water/sanitizer. Hopefully that's okay? I will check again tomorrow but as of now it's still overflowing pretty steadily.

It looks as though there is a lot of yeast in the overflow, that's okay too I imagine?



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Yeah, you'll get nasties and yeasties in the water. It'll be fine. There is still plenty of yeast in the fermenter. Otherwise you wouldn't be overflowing with krausen. Within the next 12 hrs the krausen will drop off. You don't have a lot of headspace in your carboy so it's going to take a while for it to stop pushing through the tube.

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Another question. Are you covering your carboy at all or is it in a dark room where sunlight can't get to it? If not, cover it ASAP. UV light will pass through the glass and ruin the beer.

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Just FYI, you should rig that up every time you brew. As soon as the Krausen starts to drop break it down and clean out the tube. Once that stuff gets caked on and dries in the tube its a bitch to get out.

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Another question. Are you covering your carboy at all or is it in a dark room where sunlight can't get to it? If not, cover it ASAP. UV light will pass through the glass and ruin the beer.
Oh yeah. It's being stored under the house behind a closed and locked door.
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Just FYI, you should rig that up every time you brew. As soon as the Krausen starts to drop break it down and clean out the tube. Once that stuff gets caked on and dries in the tube its a bitch to get out.
Thank you for the advice. Krausen hasn't dropped much.

Looking forward to seeing what it looks like tomorrow morning.


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