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Old 03-22-2010, 03:03 AM   #1
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Default HELP! 24 hours into fermantation and it's bubbling up out of the bucket

Airlock got jammed and I clean but the bucket is still bulging and foam just re-entered the airlock.

how do I fix this?

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Old 03-22-2010, 03:06 AM   #2
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You should switch to a blowoff tube: you can even jam a tube into the center of the airlock. What's the size of your bucket vs. the size of the batch?

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You need to do a search on blow-off tube. Thats what you need to do is use a blow-off tube.

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At this time of night, put the bucket in the kitchen sink and if you have a 3-piece airlock, take the cap and float out. Looks like this:



In the morning, clean the airlock and re-install.

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At this time of night, put the bucket in the kitchen sink and if you have a 3-piece airlock, take the cap and float out. Looks like this:



In the morning, clean the airlock and re-install.
Do I have to worry about contamination getting back into the bucket?
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You should switch to a blowoff tube: you can even jam a tube into the center of the airlock. What's the size of your bucket vs. the size of the batch?
6.5 gallon bucket 5 gallon batch
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Do I have to worry about contamination getting back into the bucket?
I wouldn't do it that way; it won't be a problem of contamination, but the airlock can get clogged and the bucket's lid can blow off and cause a HUGE mess... You need a blowoff tube.
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I have 2 tubes for bottling and neither are fitting into or over the airlock

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You can also take the airlock off and jam the hose into the grommet. That's what I do. The tube feeds into an old, sterilized bottle of Jack Daniels full of sanitizing solution.

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I pulled a stopper off an airlock and sanitized it and jammed a hose in. The other end of the hose goes into a glass filled with sanitizer right?

Edit- Saw above post. I guess great minds think alke. didn't have a whiskey bottle so I used the wife's wine decanter.

Should I leave it like this until bubbling slows down considerably and is my beer ruined?

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