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Old 11-08-2011, 04:31 AM   #11
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In 7 batches so far I have only had one that needed the blowoff assembly. I use better bottles so I have no experience with a bowed lid, but if I saw one bulged I would get very nervous. I think that would be unusual. 6 days seems to be a normal amount of time to see the major portion of fermentation to pass. Most of mine were winding down after 3 or 4 days, but I always leave them alone for at least 2 weeks then take a gravity reading before committing to secondary. Recently I have gone 4 weeks in primary then bottled. I have 2 fermenting now that will get dry hopping at about 3 weeks and bottling at 4 weeks. Haven't decided yet on dry hopping in primary or secondary.

I agree that your beer has fermented normally and will be very good. Wait it out and enjoy.

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Old 11-08-2011, 04:36 AM   #12
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The OP doesn't know what a blowoff is, clearly. When the airlock is nowhere to be seen, and it looks like your carboy has vomited on itself, the ceiling, and nearby walls, it's a blowoff.

Now, onto the actual question: your yeast produced a LOT of CO2. It absolutely was created and left your bucket.

Oh yea, one more correction: A blowoff is ALWAYS a sign of fermentation!

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Old 11-08-2011, 04:42 AM   #13
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The CO2 went somewhere. Doesn't really matter where.

I've found with buckets no matter how tight the lid is, sometimes the seal just doesn't sit right and it creates a tiny space for CO2 to vent out. Every once in a while a batch ferments perfectly with no airlock activity. Beer still turns out great. Do not worry.

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Old 11-08-2011, 05:05 AM   #14
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Thanks all, sounds like I shouldn't be too worried. And yes, I understand blowoff...just using the wrong terminology as I didn't have any activity through the airlock. Like I said, have done a few beers and never seen this. I assumed at some level that co2 had to be released for alcohol to form and there's been no visible signs of this. And BTW, I thought waiting six days to panic a bit WAS being patient, LOL!

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Old 11-08-2011, 10:35 AM   #15
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At least you didnt worry BEFORE you took gravity readings, so you helped eliminate possible explanations and helped us narrow down the main issue.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:20 PM   #16
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Did the airlock have enough liquid in it? Was it a 3 piece or "S" tube?

If a 3 piece does not have enough liquid in it air can pass right through without causing movement.

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #17
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you could have had a lot of activity over night or something when you weren't looking?

either way, it sounds like its doing its thing. congrats!

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:56 PM   #18
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My ale pale never bubbles through the airlock but I've learned to determin fermentation activity by comparing the water level differences in the two chambers of the airlock. My ale pale lid has no gasket and doesn't seem to seal well.

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Did the airlock have enough liquid in it? Was it a 3 piece or "S" tube?

If a 3 piece does not have enough liquid in it air can pass right through without causing movement.
I'm not actually using an airlock, per se. A year ago, I DID have a blowoff (correct terminology...beer all over my ceiling, LOL!), so now I use a syphon hose that goes from the bucket down to a container of water.

And as for taking gravity readings before posting...that's from reading older questions on this. Still can't believe the amount of activity and knowledge on this forum. Thanks again!
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If you had fermentation, c02 was expelled. Maybe your bucket is sealed but the blowoff tube isn't. Nothing a little santitized teflon tape can't fix.

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