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Old 11-11-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Do these instructions sound odd?...Primary fermentation

Hi all! So this is my second batch ever (the first one turned out nice! A simple Red Ale) I am now doing a Dark Lager Kit by Brewhouse (the kit uses pre made wort...all you do is mix it up with water, throw the yeast in and you are good to go!)
Yesterday I was putting everything into the primary when I came upon these instructions...(after I had pitched the yeast)...
'Put the lid on the fermenter and store at room temperature for 3-5 days'
So i get the room temperature part, but for the lid part, my newbie brain was telling me to just put the lid on with a solid grommet in place.
I woke up this morning and the fermenter was pretty pressurized to say the least. This afternoon I had a minor blow-up (thankfully I have a few small leaks in my fermenter so the krausen was able to escape) so I replaced the grommet with an airlock and am monitoring the situation as we speak...i got krausen coming out of the airlock...
so after all that my question is...
would you ever just put a solid lid on for the primary stage? no blow off tube, airlock, etc? These instructions sure make it sound that way!
Thanks!!

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Old 11-11-2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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would you ever just put a solid lid on for the primary stage? no blow off tube, airlock, etc? These instructions sure make it sound that way!
No, that is called BOTTLING. The instructions assumed that your lid was fitted with an airlock.

What you need now is a blow off tube. Search the site for that.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:35 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good way to paint the inside of your house with beer.

Did you not use a blow-off or airlock with your first beer?

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Never ferment in a completely sealed vessel. CO2 is created, it needs somewhere to vent. If you don't give it somewhere to vent, it will find somewhere, AKA, blow the lid off your fermenter and make a huge mess.

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And throw those 'instructions' away and leave it in the fermenter for 12-14 days.

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By the way, I noticed that you said you have a few small leaks in your fermenter. Does that mean that it doesn't seal properly? You need to make sure that your wort is not exposed to air during the fermentation process and that the only way it can vent is through an air lock or blow off tube submerged in liquid. You are inviting contamination if the lid is not properly fitted.

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@LuckyRVA
I used an airlock for my first batch but I was so fixated on making sure that my second batch be sealed. I know it's stupid but again, the way these instructions sound to a noob it made sense...

Anyways I've spent the better part of 2 hours searching the site and have learned some neat stuff! Blow-off tube will be a must next time around!

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12-14 days you say? I've read alot about just leaving it in the primary for a month...would like to try that out some day. For this one I think I'll rack into a secondary just to try it out again.

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There is definitely a leak. The krausen is escaping from one side of the lid and falling down the wall of the fermenter. I did a red ale in the same bucket and it turned out good! But I will buy another pail before I do my next batch...!

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can you take a ratchet strap and wrap it around the lid and cinch it down to stop the leaking?

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- can you take a ratchet strap and wrap it around the lid and cinch it down to stop the leaking -

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