So it finally happened to me and I remained relatively calm but you see the lid was arched pretty high (7.5 gal plastic fermenter) and I felt I needed to releve pressure SOON... Here's what I did:
Lifted lid just a tad to let some pressure off.... Got myself a new airlock ready. Pulled the old one out and covered hole with syranwrap... went to clean the bung and when I came back there was a huge ball of foam coming out of the hole!!!
I quickly realized the new airlock was useless so I set up a hasty blow off tube! Rigged it up as quick as possible but the whole time that hole kept spewing foam (like a small fist size ball of it)...
So my question is: WILL IT BE OKAY?
I mean there was nearly 3-5 minutes of open hole (minus the foam coming out) and the bung was only sanitized with hot water due to time constraints...
It's all set up with a blow-off tube now.
Now I know: RDWHAHB and I think I will if someone can just say "don't worry you'll be fine" lol
Thanks guys! I can't find my card so I can't post any pics but the blowoff tube seems to be working okay and the lid is actually letting a little escape too I think... Here's to hoping nothing gets in or clogged! Off to bed!
You should see the yeast cake forming though! Seriously it is 1 1/2 to 2 inches think! I'll be dumbing another brew on top of that one as soon as I bottle this thing! It's a Brown porter and the yeast is German ale yeast pitched from a 1600 L starter at just past high Krausen.