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Old 03-03-2013, 04:18 AM   #1
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Default My airlock went ape****!!

So...I'm a greenhorn to brewing, and I last Saturday, I brewed and everything seemed to go fine. On the following night, I could hear a hiss coming from the other room, and it was my primary making the noise. The airlock was filled with (krausen??) and foaming over. Not too much though...but foaming nonetheless. I could feel and could see that the cover was protruding upward with pressure, but luckily, nothing ever blew. So anyway, in a panic, I pulled the airlock, cleaned it, sanitized it, filled it back up with water and placed it back on the lid. It happened one more time, though not as violently, and I repeated aforementioned process.

Now, the questions I have are...did I or could I have ruined this beer by doing what I did? Did I do the right thing? Wrong thing? Should I have done something else?

I racked and bottled it tonight, and I'm probably MAKING myself think its bad, but I can't be 100%. I tasted it...and from what I'm hearing, if it was bad I'd REALLY know it. And it doesn't remind me anything of panther piss!! So, maybe it is okay?? I dunno. Sit and wait I suppose.

Thanks for any and all input on this subject. It's truly appreciated!
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:23 AM   #2
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You will more than likely be fine. But use a blow off next time for the first part of fermentation.

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Old 03-03-2013, 04:27 AM   #3
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Not to worry. That's happened to lots and lots of folks who ended up with great beer.

Next time, either rig a blow-off tube to start with or have one ready to set up just in case.
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It was an active fermentation. A blow off tube is a good idea.

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+ 3 .

Blow off tube for the first few days, then go with the airlock.
A blowoff tube is a length of 1/2 in diameter tubing wedged into the top of a rubber stopper with a hole in it. Run one end in the stopper, the other in a vessel with water to keep air out.

I also did this my first brew. Beer still came out great.

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thanks for the advice guys. Next question is what is a blow off tube? What does it do? And can I get one online/local brew store? God I hate being a rookie lol. thanks for your patience

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thanks...is that setup something that can be used on a plastic primary bucket? Or would that be for a glass carboy?

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As long as stuff is coming out, nothing bad can get in. Also, the S airlocks clog up a lot worse than the 3 piece.

I've probably been lucky as I usually ferment on the cool side so the only time I have ever used a blow-off tube was when a friend broke my airlock. It was my very first beer and I didn't have any spares. Luckily I had spent enough time researching on here that I knew to grab my siphon tubing and rig a blow off until I could pick up another airlock.

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I always use a blowoff until the beer is mostly fermented- I just hate scrubbing yeast off my basement ceiling. Congrats, you had a good fermentation.

Beer needs ageing and love, just be patient, as difficult as that is.

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