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Old 10-07-2011, 06:14 PM   #21
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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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+1. I stopped bothering with airlocks (and carboys for that matter) around batch number 5 or 6 and have never looked back. Once fermentation is done, I just snap the lid down to minimize air contact, let it condition for how many days I want and bottle afterward. Unless you ferment in a room that is full of flies and critters or your usual beer needs month long aging, beers do fine with the bucket and loose lid method.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #22
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+1. I stopped bothering with airlocks (and carboys for that matter) around batch number 5 or 6 and have never looked back. Once fermentation is done, I just snap the lid down to minimize air contact, let it condition for how many days I want and bottle afterward. Unless you ferment in a room that is full of flies and critters or your usual beer needs month long aging, beers do fine with the bucket and loose lid method.
I'm with you fellas. I had a close call where I caught the wort coming through my airlock and the lid was bulging. Thankfully I came home when I did or else there may very well have been trouble. After that incident, I just cover the top of the bucket loosly until the bulk of fermentation is done. This method works well for me too.

I stick an airlock on there when I do eventually lock the lid, though.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:27 AM   #23
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violent fermentation like my Hefe and Robust Porter.
I should have followed your advice Ed. This recipe WAS your Robust Porter. I have been brewing for a year in a half, and only had one close call before, but one explosion and I'm a convert to blow off tubes. You said it would be violent and here is the evidence!
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:41 AM   #24
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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?
You can put a hose on the center post of a three piece airlock, or remove the grommet on the lid and shove an appropriately sized hose in the hole. Lately i've been using better bottles so I just put the hose through the stopper.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:03 PM   #25
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This happened to me on my first AG batch. After it exploded the fruit flys swarmed it and it got infected
great way to start all grain!!

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This happened to me on my first AG batch. After it exploded the fruit flys swarmed it and it got infected

I am not exactly sure how long it was left uncovered, but the way it was putting out gas, I'm hopeful it will be OK.
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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.
I do this often as well, especially with those violent Belgian strains. I usually wait until it's going pretty good. If the airlock is going super fast or it starts whistling, I will unseat the lid for a day until it slows down a bit
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For an update. This beer is now on tap, and it is fantastic. A great porter. Thanks Ed. I will make it again, minus the explosion

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