Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > My first airlock contamination!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-25-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
ianhoopes
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 43
Default My first airlock contamination!

Hey all,

My first IPA went apes*** this morning and clogged my airlock/bubbler. It's been percolating like crazy for the past day or so, but never seemed like it had any chance of reaching the top - it has almost 4 inches of headspace.

Anyway, I got out of the shower this morning and stepped into my office (I have an apartment and not a lot of places to stow a fermenter, so I put it under my desk which is dark and cool), and hear a whining noise. At first I was like, "Is my wife making tea? We don't have a whistling kettle. WHAT IS GOING ON?" and then I realized it was my ale pail getting angry!

I had about two inches of beer in the airlock and a bit of kraeusen stuck to the bottom of it. I took it out, washed it clean, sanitized it with plenty of StarSan, and also soaked a paper towel in StarSan to clean around the stopper. I made sure to clear the stopper of any kraeusen to prevent further clogging, and gave the entire area a good wipe down with StarSan. Lastly, I cracked the lid on the fermenter for a good couple of minutes to let the beer chill out. I then locked down the lid, replaced the airlock and let it be. It started bubbling again within a few minutes.

My question is this: I am relatively sure everything is OK, but did I do everything right? Do I have to fear contamination? I did not thing I had enough malt in this thing to cause such an insanely vigorous fermentation, but I suppose I got a live batch of WLP-051 that loves living in a hoppy environment.

Let me know what you all think! I am excited for this beer to be moving like this - it's a single hop Citra IPA with 4 oz in the boil. I'm planning to dry hop with 4 more oz and I can't wait to try this thing! Hope all will be well.

__________________

BEER

ianhoopes is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
brewn00b4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: indianapolis, in
Posts: 41
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Replace the airlock with a blow-off tube?

__________________
brewn00b4 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
ianhoopes
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 43
Default

Yeah, I may end up doing this if it keeps burping into my airlock. I'm hoping the big burp gave it enough stay to work out.

I will share my recipe in case anyone sees anything suspect that would cause the thing to go insane:

Ingredients:

7lb Light DME
1lb Crystal 60L
1lb CaraPils

8oz Citra 13.9 percent AA, pellet

1 vial White Labs WLP-051 California Ale V

Steeped cracked grains at 170F for 30mins
Began boil, added 1lb DME and 2 oz hops
3lb DME at 30 mins
1oz hops at 15 mins
3lb DME at 10 mins
1oz hops at 5 mins

Let steep after flameout for 10 mins, cooled, aerated, pitched, etc.

__________________

BEER

ianhoopes is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
WooHokie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 87
Default

The whole purpose of putting starsan in the airlock is to prevent contamination. You should be perfectly fine. Sounds like a great recipe!

If you really love hops and want crazy awesome hop flavor, consider putting all of your late hop additions together at flameout and let them steep for about 25-30 min.

__________________
WooHokie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
ianhoopes
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 43
Default

Yeaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh but I wanted more bitterness. I'm almost going for an IIPA, but I think I needed more malt. The OG was JUST at 1.070.

__________________

BEER

ianhoopes is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #6
homebrewdad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,027
Liked 319 Times on 239 Posts
Likes Given: 226

Default

Swap out for a blowoff tube now, or be prepared to clean up beer.

__________________
Homebrew Dad - blogging about making my own beer and raising a lot of kids.
Check out the priming sugar calculator and the beer calorie calculator.

Fermenting: nothing
Lagering: Swarthy Satyr (traditional bock)
Bottled: Royal Goblin (Hoppy Hobgoblin rendition), Treasure Type "T" (oatmeal toffee stout), Enchantress (big Irish red ale), Frostfire (Oktoberfest), Thundersmoke brown ale
homebrewdad is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
NordeastBrewer77
NBA Playa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
 
NordeastBrewer77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 7,933
Liked 1074 Times on 782 Posts
Likes Given: 3977

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by homebrewdad View Post
Swap out for a blowoff tube now, or be prepared to clean up beer.
Definitely.
__________________
The Polk Street Brewery

Brewin' 'n' Que'n - YouTube Shenanigans

Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
can i drink this? I mean. Im gunna. But is it fine?
Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
it's not a barley wine. it's an ale.
Quote:
Originally Posted by bottlebomber View Post
Have you seen the price of ketchup lately? And I'm not talking Heinz.
NordeastBrewer77 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:38 PM   #8
ianhoopes
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 43
Default

OK, I will do so when I get home. Is it possible for me to use my existing bottling tube, or will I need some more specialty equipment? I have a normal ale pail, so it has the grommeted lid made for a plastic airlock.

__________________

BEER

ianhoopes is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #9
Greenbasterd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Van, BC
Posts: 255
Liked 17 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

most likely fine. my 1 1/2 year old nephew was over and i had a bucket in reach, sure enough he ripped the airlock out threw it on the floor. my dad thinking hes doing me a favor put it back!!!!!! but he pushed to hard and stuck the bung plug right through the hole!!! i see it it about na hour later WTF!?!?!? haha clean it all up, put it back come time to drink it, i though it was genna taste like SH@*t, turned out ot be one of the tastier beers i've maid!!!!!

__________________
Greenbasterd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-25-2012, 04:53 PM   #10
WooHokie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 87
Default

Ian - you need a piece of vinyl tubing that will fit snugly in the hole at the top of the lid. I don't know the exact size unfortunately. I had to get two different size tubings b/c my Northern Brewer bucket has a slightly smaller hole than my other bucket. I recommend getting 1-2 ft worth at Lowe's once you figure out the size. Then a coke bottle or an old jug or something to put sanitizer solution in. The other end of the hose will go into this. I just use 1ft of vinyl tubing into a 12oz coke bottle. Never had any problems with it.

__________________
WooHokie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Possible contamination- StarletteLD Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-20-2012 04:53 PM
Aw crap, possible airlock contamination Woodland Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 07-23-2011 05:02 AM
Noob: To airlock or not to airlock the primary? Gabrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 03-29-2011 06:28 PM
Contamination ? RandalG Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 01-21-2009 04:33 PM
Water From Airlock...Contamination? mayday1019 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 10-12-2007 06:40 PM