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Old 11-23-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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It's been exactly 25 hours of fermentation. Airlock has a yellow(beerish) color half way up and is letting this yellow (beerish) liquid out of top and is leaking on lid.. Not a lot though!!! As its doing this, its bubling. Is this normal.......Thanks in advance...............

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:25 AM   #2
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Sounds like you got yourself an active fermentation. I'm assuming you are using a bucket (with a carboy you could tell). If you have the tubing you can setup a blowoff hose into a bucket of sanitized water until the fermentation slows down.

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:30 AM   #3
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So i'm ok??

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Look into a setup similar to this.

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Old 11-24-2008, 12:50 AM   #5
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Yeah, you might want to go ahead and install a blowoff tube before it gets worse. Otherwise, you could pop out your airlock and splatter everywhere. Believe me, it happened to me last week.

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It happens to all of us at one time or another...no worries. Just clean it and sanitize the area and the airlock.

(having a spray bottle of sanitizer handy is a good thing for situations like this.)

And maybe rig up a blowoff tube.





The first time I did it, I grabbed my bottling wand hose, and made a small slit in the end to force it onto the center post...

Also cutting off the little criss-cross piece on the bottom of the airlock is a good thing to do as well...

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I would install a blowoff tube ASAP. The foam should sink back into the beer within a few days, then simply put the airlock back on.

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I would also store the beer in an area where if it does explode you can clean up easyily. Luckily I had my last batch in the pantry because I was too lazy to move it to the basement when it went off. Strawberries and beer everywhere. It took me a good month to find all the pieces to my airlock and I still find strawberry chunks stuck to things.

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