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Old 10-07-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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From now on, leave the lid cracked open at the start of fermentation. Even a blowoff tube can get clogged (and yours looks narrow), and you'll have another explosion. Put a towel under the fermentor to catch any crap that comes out of the bucket. You'll never have to worry about an explosion again. If you're worried about stuff (flies, etc) getting in, just cover the crack with foil. Bottom line: airlocks are evil.

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:21 PM   #12
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Haha gotta love a good lid pop. Lucky for you the fermentation chamber looks relatively easy to clean. My mini fridge has the bent down freezer tray that's IMPOSSIBLE to clean behind. I just don't look. Im sure there's still little mold dudes eating half fermented dunkelweizen two months after the boom.

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:43 PM   #13
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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...
What little 'x' at the bottom? I've never noticed this.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:56 PM   #14
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There's a plastic cross that covers the opening of the airlock- the end you put into the fermenter. Snip that off- it does no good, and as was said helps keep the airlock clogged, especially with whole leaf hops. Kyle

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Old 10-07-2011, 05:07 PM   #15
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I still ferment in buckets and now use two different sizes. 6 gallon for normal brews and 7.9 gallon for one that have violent fermentation like my Hefe and Robust Porter.

I don't bother with airlocks anymore and I don't have blow off problems even with Hefe's. I just rest a solid lid on top of the bucket without snapping it down. Works like a charm with no mess and no airlock hassles.

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Old 10-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #16
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What little 'x' at the bottom? I've never noticed this.
Some have them and some don't. The 3-piece that came with my original kit didn't have it. When I ordered extra 3-pieces from AHS, they had the x.
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Not long after I started brewing I decided I needed more fermenting buckets. So I go to the LHBS get a couple buckets, lids, and airlocks. He says to me do you want me to fix those for you? I had no idea what he was talking about, and he showed me the x, and then cut it off for me. I have now smartened up and started using blow offs, the brown ale I brewed on sunday would have had the same results the OP had. Nice pics though.

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Old 10-07-2011, 05:55 PM   #18
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Brewcraft makes a fermenter bucket that holds almost 8 1/2 gallons. I prefer those for many reasons, this being one of them.

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Old 10-07-2011, 06:07 PM   #19
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Not long after I started brewing I decided I needed more fermenting buckets. So I go to the LHBS get a couple buckets, lids, and airlocks. He says to me do you want me to fix those for you? I had no idea what he was talking about, and he showed me the x, and then cut it off for me. I have now smartened up and started using blow offs, the brown ale I brewed on sunday would have had the same results the OP had. Nice pics though.
I've been doing bucket fermenting for about a year and haven't had any blow off issues. At the risk of sounding dumb, how do you hook up a blow off tube to the bucket? Just goes in place of the airlock?
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #20
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Yes, finally! I've been waiting to see a good picture of a bucket explosion. Thank you!


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I've been doing bucket fermenting for about a year and haven't had any blow off issues. At the risk of sounding dumb, how do you hook up a blow off tube to the bucket? Just goes in place of the airlock?
Check out post #5 on page one of this thread.
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