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Old 10-28-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
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Not really an explosion per se, but a real mess. While I was away on business my wife calls me up and is frantic saying the bubbler was hissing like crazy and bubbled over onto the lid...no doubt the added honey and molasses sent the fermentation into over drive...anything I should worry about?

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Old 10-28-2010, 01:53 AM   #2
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Not really. Just use some sanitizer when you get home and clean up the outside of the fermenter. As long as the airlock isn't clogged, just frothing over isn't going to hurt anything.

If the airlock totally clogs, you might come home to beer on the ceiling and a displaced airlock somewhere in the room. Probably nothing to worry about.

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No problem, just rig a blow off tube. Once this happens again (2nd time) you will probably just automatically use a blow off tube till secondary. Saves a fair amount of time you'd otherwise spend cleaning up the mess!

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Old 10-28-2010, 06:54 AM   #4
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Not really. Just use some sanitizer when you get home and clean up the outside of the fermenter. As long as the airlock isn't clogged, just frothing over isn't going to hurt anything.
Hate to disagree, but the fact that there's organic matter in the airlock means there's a nice home for an infection to set in. I'd swap out the airlock ASAP with a sanitized bung, thoroughly clean & sanitize the airlock, refill with vodka or sanitized water, and replace the airlock. If it sits like that for too long, you'll be looking at fuzzy blobs in your brew in no time.
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Just use a blow off tube. Is that a 6.5 gallon bucket?

I pitched an Irish Stout right on top of the whole yeast cake from a Nut Brown ale recently and OMG I had explosive fermentation. AND I had a blow off tube and it was a 5 gallon batch in a 6.5 gallon bucket. I had to go down every couple of hours and clean and replace the bow off tube and bottle because so much matter was shooting up the tube. I was afraid of the tube clogging and having a big mess. I had to do it for about 8 hrs till it stopped shooting stuff up the tube.

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Hate to disagree, but the fact that there's organic matter in the airlock means there's a nice home for an infection to set in. I'd swap out the airlock ASAP with a sanitized bung, thoroughly clean & sanitize the airlock, refill with vodka or sanitized water, and replace the airlock. If it sits like that for too long, you'll be looking at fuzzy blobs in your brew in no time.
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Hate to disagree, but the fact that there's organic matter in the airlock means there's a nice home for an infection to set in. I'd swap out the airlock ASAP with a sanitized bung, thoroughly clean & sanitize the airlock, refill with vodka or sanitized water, and replace the airlock. If it sits like that for too long, you'll be looking at fuzzy blobs in your brew in no time.
Geez guy, I thought it was obvious to change and clean the airlock. I was just stating that as long as the airlock isn't totally clogged, it should be ok until he returns home to deal with the problem. I assumed he had that part figured out when I said clean and sanitize things.

The reason I said don't panic is because he stated that he wasn't home to take care of the problem and chances are it will be OK when he gets home. You certainly wouldn't want to leave it like that if you were home but he wasn't at the time.
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Does that really work well? Any issues you have to be aware of?
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Also, if you don't want to rig a blow-off tube, the 3-part fermentation locks are much easier to clean if the krausen gets into the lock. The s-bend locks look cooler, but are in fact a pain in the ass to keep clean.

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I saw somewhere a pic of a guy who used a three piece airlock to rig a blow off tube. Kind of cool actually and something good to try.

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