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Old 04-13-2009, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Belgian fermenting like crazy!!! Blowoff?

Yet another newbie (me) ferment/blowoff post for ya...

My first brew was an Irish Red with very little krausen or bubbles - now I have a Belgian 5 gal batch that I fear may need to have a blowoff used with it.

It is a 5gal batch in a 6.5 glass carboy and the krausen has gone to the roof (very top of the neck) and the airlock water is slightly muddied. The airlock is constantly bubblin still. Should I set up a blowoff until krausen mellows? Is it common for Belgians to take off like this? Is it also common for Irish Reds to be so mellow?

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Old 04-13-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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Belgians can get a little crazy sometimes, that's natural. Take the airlock off, clean it, sanitize it, and install a blowoff ASAP, unless you're prepared to clean your ceiling.

Edited: No, I'm not joking. Several of us have had to take a mop to our ceilings before. True story.

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Old 04-13-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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On it...thanks

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Old 04-13-2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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Edited: No, I'm not joking. Several of us have had to take a mop to our ceilings before. True story.
Ain't that the truth. I had a Belgian stout that made the best mess ever. Black wort on the ceiling and walls. So sweet.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
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So I just pulled the airlock, stuck hose into grommet, filled a gallon jug of water at about 1/4, added a cap of TDC... sound good?

This thing is still bubblin like a whore... glad I did this!

Let me know...thanks again - N8

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Get some fermcap, it changes the surface tension of your liquid and prevents foam from building up. I don't brew without it!

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
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I will check out fercap for future use...thanks.

Foam is slowly going into blowoff tube but the bubblin has slowed slightly.

All seems well now... thanks

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