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Old 01-16-2007, 11:58 PM   #1
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I just racked my first brew to my glass carboy on Sunday. I have noticed some condensation forming on the carboy recently. Is this anything to worry about? What does this mean?

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Old 01-17-2007, 12:04 AM   #2
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Should be nothing to worry about. I've had the same thing happen on occasion with no ill effects.

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Old 01-17-2007, 12:24 AM   #3
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That's what I figured. From the couple weeks I've been here that's one thing I learned...most "problems" aren't really problems.

I just thought I would ask to be sure!

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Condensation is just like rain (and distilling)...warm front meets a colder front...forms drops...no problem.

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Condensation is just like rain (and distilling)...warm front meets a colder front...forms drops...no problem.
I understand what causes condensation, I'm just not sure if it means my carboy is not air-tight or if it means absolutely nothing.

I'm under the assumption it is nothing.
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I understand what causes condensation, I'm just not sure if it means my carboy is not air-tight or if it means absolutely nothing.

I'm under the assumption it is nothing.
Mine does it with just about every brew...no worries!
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:30 AM   #7
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This old thread answered my question.

My Brew mentor, SteveFarns, thinks the condesation in my carboy (primary) may be from the hotter than normal weather we've had the past few days, which has raised the temp of my brew.

I'm only a few days away from bottling my first batch! Cant wait!

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It also means your fermentation is producing gas. Its a good thing. Yeast are working.

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Fermentation is exothermic. So it's generally warmer than outside air. The glass at the top of your fermenter will be cooler than your beer. Warmer, moist air meets cooler glass surface. Bang.

Well, not bang.

It's actually very quiet.

But... condensation.

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if I had to guess, I'd say that condensation is mostly alcohol I wonder just how strong it is... start licking

seriously, though, the heat of fermentation goes away and the carboy cools off allowing condensation.

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