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Old 09-30-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! This is my first brew evar and it seems to be going great thus far. In Primary fermentation right now and I had activity 7 hours in. Temps are 68-70 degrees and this is an IPA. Woke up this morning and I have MAJOR bubbles!!! Unfortunately when I bought the better bottles I didn't get the Blow Off cap that goes in it. So now I have no way of making a blowoff of any kind. I have the dry tap which this morning wasn't so dry. Foam was coming out of it and still is. I have another dry tap that I can sanatize and put on there if need be. Need some advice here though cuz I don't want to have any accidents. Things seem to be going well and I don't want to ruin it. Also, what causes such violent foaming actions? Thanks!

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:27 PM   #2
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If i remember correctly, a 1/2" OD Vinyl tube will fit in the cap where your dry lock goes.

Put the other end in a vessel with water and you're all set.

As to the fermentation blow-off, that's fairly normal. At that range of temp the yeast will be working pretty fast to ferment the sugars out. I usually ferment cooler just to slow the yeast down a bit. Around 65 - 68 is where I do most of my fermenting.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:29 PM   #3
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Thanks! Going to the hardware store right now. What does the ID stand for btw?

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:33 PM   #4
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Inside diameter. You could measure the top of the bottle (or take the extra airlock with you for size), and get something like this:



(This is from Biermuncher's gallery- I couldn't find a picture of it with a Better Bottle, but you get the idea).

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I made a typo. That should be 1/2" OD. Outside diameter of the tube.

I'd measure the opening of the Better Bottle Closure and get a tube fits snuggly into that. I believe it's a 1/2" hole. The ID of the closure is 1/2", so you need an OD of 1/2" to fill it. Got my acronyms switched.

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No problem, I got the right tubing. Just did what Yoops said and took the cap with me. I'm sanatizing the cap and tubing as we speak. Should I put plain ole' water in the bucket or sanatizer?

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No problem, I got the right tubing. Just did what Yoops said and took the cap with me. I'm sanatizing as we speak the cap and tubing as we speak. Should I put plain ole' water in the bucket or sanatizer?
Water and sanitizer mixed, just in case of some suckback. Star san will foam like heck, though, so use a tall pitcher or bucket. If you have Iodophor, that would be great. You could even use cheap vodka if you have some.
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The stuff I use is a powdered no rinse cleaner. Hopefully there won't be any suckback though. Thanks for all the help Yooper!

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Ok so everything is in place. I have the foaming under control thankfully. It seems to be VERY active as the bubbles in the bucket are once every couple of seconds. What causes such massive foaming?

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Happy yeast.
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