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Old 10-07-2011, 01:51 AM   #1
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So I should have known better. Since going all-grain, I have had inconsistent efficiency. Brewed 2 days ago and ended up under gravity but with more volume. So I put close to 6 gallons in the bucket. I have had success with femcaps so added those and was monitoring the airlock. Steady this AM and clear with no hint of krausen, but tonight after work I checked. The bucket had exploded. I so should have gone straight to blow-off. Took everything out of the fridge and rinsed it, but it will need a good cleaning after this batch is done with active fermentation. Overall, I'm just laughing at myself. I sanitized the lid and hooked up the blowoff. Hoping the beer will be fine. I expect it will be

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:59 AM   #2
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Yeah 6 gallons with good fermentation would do that lol What are you using for a blow off tube with the bucket? I use buckets too and have figured with almost 3 gallon head room, I should be fine and not need to use a blow off tube.

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EEEWWWWW
I had some grape wine do that to me....luckily I had the fermentor in the shower!!

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What are you using for a blow off tube with the bucket?
I have some 1/2 ID vinyl tube that connects to the 3 piece center airlock. Just checked and there is already krausen blowing off.
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I have some 1/2 ID vinyl tube that connects to the 3 piece center airlock. Just checked and there is already krausen blowing off.
Im shure that works but you really should put your jar below your fermenter and not above it. I would clean up than gunk on the outside of the bucket too. That will attract some wild yeast that will lap that stuff up.Most likley not inside your bucket,but its just a good idea/practice.
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My very first brew, a Belgian wit extract did the exact same thing. Came home from a movie just in time to hear that sickening "thuuuump" in my spare bedroom.... I opened the door to find that the lid had blown off, wort all over the ceiling, the walls, the bed/sheets, carpet, etc. Got everything cleaned up, all good... Live and Learn!

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Im shure that works but you really should put your jar below your fermenter and not above it. I would clean up than gunk on the outside of the bucket too. That will attract some wild yeast that will lap that stuff up.Most likley not inside your bucket,but its just a good idea/practice.
Good advice. Last night the plan was a quick clean, to get the lid cleaned, sanitized and back on. I did a wipe down of the wall, but later this weekend will get some bleach water and go over everything.

I usually put the blowoff jar lower, but my chamber is full with no shelf space. I don't want suck back, so when is slows down, should I just change back to an airlock?
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correct me if i'm wrong, the suck back will only happen with the temperature change.
if your wort is already cold, it wont suck back. its sucks back when going from warm to cold.

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another thing i learned with 3 piece airlocks is to cut the little 'x' off at the bottom. Even with a blow off tube you can explode a bucket lid if the krausen clogs the bottom of the stem. Guess how i know that...

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