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Old 11-22-2010, 05:42 PM   #11
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How long does it take for the foam to die down? I am assuming it is shortly after fermentation begins?



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Old 11-22-2010, 06:03 PM   #12
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I never thought of puting a tube on an air lock before either- I just took the bung I use for my carboy down to Home Depot with me and found some cheap clear tubling.



Then I put one side in a Homer Bucket with water and a little bit of Iodine.



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Old 06-14-2011, 06:10 AM   #13
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Thanks for the blow off info and pictures Revvy! My Cal Common started going crazy! It's only my 6'th batch of beer (second all grain) so this is the first time I've had this happen. This was a great quick fix. Thanks!

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Old 11-13-2011, 12:52 AM   #14
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Great info, and great idea!!! I was going nuts, and thought for sure trying to mop up all the foam was going to infect my brew - it's going like crazy, and luckily I already had a length of food grade tubing, so now I can finally go back to sleep and not have to worry about waking up to a pool of beer and foam on the bench.



Such an easy concept, I should have known haha.

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:10 PM   #15
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Good morning,

This morning I woke up to a weird sound and once I went over to my carboy I saw the airlock full of foam and bubbling. I thought it was going to pop off and a stream of wort will end up on the ceiling.

Thanks to a quick search on my phone and you guys I was able to get this rigged up in no time. Once I removed the airlock a stream of air and foam hit me and it began foaming out the bottle. Attached the set up and everything was good. Besides smelling like wort before work and cleaning it all up it was a good experience.

My question was, once it dies down should I put the airlock back together or leave it as is till its done?

Thank you

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Old 02-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #16
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Mischief, either option is fine.

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Old 02-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #17
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Thank you spazjdm

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:38 PM   #18
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Good morning,

My question was, once it dies down should I put the airlock back together or leave it as is till its done?

Thank you
AS the post after yours said, either works. I left mine as it was, effectively it's just an elaborate air lock anyway.

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Old 03-12-2012, 12:02 AM   #19
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Hey Guys! Thanks for the tips!
I just ran into my airlock foaming out.
I searched for the answer and found this thread.
After reading... I yanked the tubing off my wort chiller and my girlfriend jammed it on to the out hole of my sanitized airlock. The tube is now venting into my 2000 mL Erlenmyer flask. There is a cup or so of vodka in the flask.
The recipe is for a Trippel. I added one extra pound of sugar. I made a starter 24 hours in advance using 1/2 cup of DME and 1000 mL water.
Our starting gravity was 1.084
This morning at 8 hours in the primary the airlock was very active.
By the 14th hour it was foaming out!



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Old 08-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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Have just recently employed the airlock/blowoff tube approach and it's working great so far, only took me two exploded primaries to get motivated! Cutting off the plastic filterish thing at the end seems wise and I've made that modification.

Sharing some pictures -- First explosion, at home, the lid blew clear off at some point on a hef in the hot of DC summer (although it doesn't matter where you are anymore, I guess).

The second time was unfortunately at work -- we're start-upy and I had one other homebrewer to help with the convincing -- and you forget how foul and unsusual a fully-fermenting batch of beer is to a person that has no idea you can even make beer, who came to me looking like they just walked out of a crime scene. This time the lid just half opened, although the mess was worse....we've since found a newer, cooler place to ferment.

Both times I simply wiped it up with paper towels dipped in star san, cleaned and star san'd the lids, and both times the beer turned out great.







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