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Old 04-20-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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This weekend was my second batch. I improvised an imperial stout, a 5 gal. batch in a 6.5 gallon plastic bucket primary. The fermentables:

6.6# LME syrup
2# DME dry
1# Amber ME dry
3# Corn sugar

OG = 1.082. Because of the high gravity, I used WL099, the super-high gravity yeast. I made a starter the day before, and added yeast nutrient with 15 min left in the boil. The airlock was bubbling away this morning. I was feeling pretty good about this beer.

Then I got a phone call at work today.

My wife said, "There's beer going up into the bubbling thing". I said, "Oh. If it starts to make a mess then crack the lid a bit."

My wife picks me up from work, and when we got home THE LId HAD BLOWN OFF THE FERMENTER, SPLATTERING SLIMY CRAP ALL OVER THE KITCHEN. I thought it would be fine if I left the lid off for a bit, but the krausen just kept overflowing everywhere (in the hallway, in the bathroom, etc.). I had to think fast. I grabbed my other fermenter and just dumped half of it in. The other fermenter was not clean or sanitized. I just rinsed it out quickly. To top it off, my airlock broke when the lid blew off. I have it in but there's no water.

Both buckets are still aggressively fermenting. They still smell nice, too. It'll be a miracle if this batch isn't ruined.

Sorry for the long post. I just had to vent

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Old 04-20-2010, 02:10 AM   #2
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"Had to vent" LOL very ironic! Best of luck with the beer.. maybe it will be the elusive "perfect batch" that you cannot possibly recreate!

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Old 04-20-2010, 02:25 AM   #3
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"Had to vent" LOL very ironic! Best of luck with the beer.. maybe it will be the elusive "perfect batch" that you cannot possibly recreate!
Thanks. If its good, maybe I'll try leaving it exposed to the air and dumping in dirty buckets all the time!
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Holy Sh*t.....if that happened to me my wife would pour gas on me and light me on fire. This is why I brew in the garage.

I hope your beer turns out good.

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well i think the "WL099, the super-high gravity yeast" was over kill and caused your problem. next time pick a normal yeast and make a starter or buy more than one vile. if this happens again tell the wife to move the bucket outside. because its in a bucket you don't have to worry about light hitting it.

or better yet rig a blow off tube. its cheap insurance against a mess.

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What, no pics?!

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Usually when my wife calls me at work it's because my kid is misbehaving, not my beer.

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Holy Sh*t.....if that happened to me my wife would pour gas on me and light me on fire. This is why I brew in the garage.
This is why I'm not married.

I kid, I kid.
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If this turns out, ya got to name it, "Topless Imperial Stout".

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Holy Sh*t.....if that happened to me my wife would pour gas on me and light me on fire. This is why I brew in the garage.

I hope your beer turns out good.
Thanks for the encouragement.

While I was trying to figure out a way to save my beer, the wife was cleaning up the mess, taking care of our two small children, and making dinner at the same time. I was apologizing profusly, but she didn't seem that mad.

@ Tipsy Dragon: Yes, a blow-off tube may be in my future. I've read a bunch that it can be hard to bottle carb high gravity brews and so I thought the WL099 would be some insurance. I've got 2 more vials sitting in the fridge and so I might as well use them. Another alternative would be just to start it off in two fermenters. They seem to be doing fine now.


@ Brewing Clamper. Sorry, a photo shoot wasn't on my mind at the time. Actually it crossed my mind, but I thought I should clean up the mess asap before SWMBO flipped her lid.
@ Bad Karma: Thanks. You just named my beer.
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