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Old 04-25-2006, 03:30 PM   #1
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hello all, this is my first post on the forum looks great i'm sure i'll spend lots of time looking around to get some good knowledge but first things first...

i brewed my 3rd homebrew this past sunday. pitched the yeast and put the airlock on... it started bubblin alittle later and when i woke up the next morning it was really going and pretty much all day monday. when i get home from work monday i checked on it and i had beer on my lid and foam throughout my airlock - looks like it was going crazy and the beer got sucked into the airlock... anyway my question is wtf is going on? my first 2 beers didnt have any sort of problem like this... i'm worried if liquid is coming out than bad things are getting in? do i need to be worried? should i take the airlock off and cover the hole long enough to clean the airlock and put new water back in it? i hope it isnt ruined

any info would be appreciated, thanks in advance

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Relax, everthing is going just fine! You've just had a very active fermentation. It's probably a good idea to clean the airlock, but if it's still overflowing, you'll need to put a blow-off hose on it. You can do that by putting your siphon tube into your rubber stopper or take the top off of your airlock and stick the hose on the middle of it. Then run the other end of your tubing into a bucket of water.

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Sounds like you need a blow off tube. It just means you've got a really bitchin fermentation going on.

Don't sweat it, I'm sure it'll be fine. If it is still going crazy, I'd search for blow off tube, and hook one up to prevent another mess.

I'm going to continue to do my primary fermentation in a glass carboy for just this reason, no surprises.

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Too slow!

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I know.

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Is someone singing Eric Clapton songs around here?

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That was a chant. Everything after Slowhand sucked.

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You're wrong, everthing after Cream sucked.

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sweet, i'm pretty pumped about brewing - like i said this is my 3rd beer and my first 2 have been awesome... i havent been brewing as often as i'd like but i'm a beginner and live in an apt so i can only do what i can....


i might have to start doin my primary in the carboy, do you just use a funnel to pour the beer into the carboy? no worries about splashin?

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