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Old 05-13-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Hey guys.....newbie here and had an explosion. I brewed an English Nut Brown Ale last night and 24 hours later I found the top to my 6.5 gallon primary on the floor, beer all over my light fixtures and fridge. I saw my air lock going crazy earlier but thought it was normal as this is my first brew. I sanitized the top and air lock and put them back into place. I heard the top pop off and ran in to check it so the beer was uncovered for about 5 minutes. What are the chances of infection and should I do anything to keep the top from exploding off again?

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Old 05-13-2009, 03:21 AM   #2
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it will be ok.. the CO2 will push out anything that tries to touch your wort.
how much wort did you put in there?
I would recommend you switch to a blow off tube. Search blow off if you need help.

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Old 05-13-2009, 03:33 AM   #3
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did you take any pictures by chance?

here's a simple blow off for a bucket using just the siphon tube and a bottle with some Star San in it -- it blows nice bubbles...

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:05 AM   #4
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Thanks.....I made up a blow off and things seem to be a little less vilatile! My total volume in the primary was 5 gallons. I should have taken pictures. My wife started cleaning it up after I got the top back on. Thanks for your help.

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:18 AM   #5
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WOW your wife cleaned it up?!! When my Irish Stout blew it's top I got the privelege of cleaning it up myself.

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:26 AM   #6
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WOW your wife cleaned it up?!! When my Irish Stout blew it's top I got the privelege of cleaning it up myself.
Your wife cleaned it up! Dude, I'm gonna name a stout after you. Does she have any sisters?
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:55 AM   #7
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Congrats! I think the exploding fermenter is an initiation when it comes to brewing. Now get the biggest blow off tube setup going, and you won't have an explosion again. Sounds like you haven't done anything to start an infection. Especially once your beer has started fermenting (and if it's blown the top, that means there's a lot of fermentation there), there's little chance of infection. Man has been brewing beer for centuries....and has known about bacteria for just over one of those. Personally, I focus on really staying sanitary on brew day....but once krauesen starts, I ease up and don't worry about infection....by that point it would take a lot to get an infection.

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Old 05-13-2009, 05:11 AM   #8
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I just brewed up my first 5. gal batch today and hoping I dont wake up to an explosion. hahah.

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Old 05-13-2009, 05:35 AM   #9
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Wow, what went into that brew??? I primary in my South Dakota basement, so maybe I've avoided the explosion due to lower temps. So do you guys always use blow-off tubes in warmer climates?

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Old 05-13-2009, 11:38 AM   #10
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Now all you have to do is try not to worry about making little bottle bombs. I didn't get a full on blow out, but I walked into the room where I keep the primary to see the lid on the floor next to it and the airlock about 3ft away. First thing I did was look up at the ceiling.

*whew!*

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