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Old 01-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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i've made my 5th batch of beer and never had bomb carboy.but this time just after 9-10 hours my airlock starts bubbling too fast ,i think i overpitched it.I'm afraid if it will explode !!?? should i do something ?

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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Haven't heard of an exploding carboy yet... if you have a lot of activity you might need a blow off tube if anything, but I wouldn't worry about your carboy "exploding."

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Old 01-02-2011, 11:02 AM   #3
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Remove the stopper and cover the opening with a napkin. When the fermentation slows, sanitize the stopper and put it back in.

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Old 01-02-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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Remove the stopper and cover the opening with a napkin. When the fermentation slows, sanitize the stopper and put it back in.

I think tin foil works better
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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Use a blow-off tube... or don't do anything.

Your airlock will pop out long before your carboy thinks of exploding.

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Old 01-02-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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+1 on the tin foil. It can be sanitized with Starsan or Idophor spray before using. As long as the airlock is bubbling, it can't blow-up. Only if your airlock becomes completely plugged and can't vent can this become an issue. Keep a three foot piece of 1" blow off tube handy and know more worries.

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:25 PM   #7
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Like others have posted it wont explode, but it can send the airlock flying and spew wort about 20ft in all directions one tip is to break the little plastic tip off of the bottom of the airlock the tip restricts the flow of wort spewing through and can get clogged usually if you do this the wort will flow out of the top of the airlock and down the carboy (better than blowing off). definitely save some old milk jusgs and go to home depot and get some hose. i use blow offs for all of my fermentation now

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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I have not used an airlock in about 6 months or more, I just use a blowoff tube for my primaries now, no worries about making a big mess. and simple to set up.

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Old 01-02-2011, 08:50 PM   #9
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Will 1/2 tubing fit over a standard 3 piece airlock (airlock came with Brewers Best Kit)? I'd like to buy online as I live in the sticks and it's quite a drive to the hardware store.

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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*^ 1/2" tubing

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