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subzero829 01-24-2013 12:39 AM

Not sure what i did wrong
 
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Made my second batch of beer Sunday and my roommate just got home from work and sent me this picture. We did have a mistake and watered our beer down too much and had a lower OG than anticipated but I'm sure that's not it.

What did I do wrong and is there any hope of savior?

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remandsager 01-24-2013 12:43 AM

Looks like happy beer in desperate need of a blow off tube!

Nothing 'wrong' but your airlock can't handle the large amount of kruesen.

subzero829 01-24-2013 12:45 AM

So what do I do? I work from 7 to 7 so I can't make it to my local homebrew store to get a blow off tube and I don't want it to keep spilling...... How do I get the Kruessen out without risking infection.

BigFloyd 01-24-2013 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by remandsager (Post 4818991)
Looks like happy beer in desperate need of a blow off tube!

Nothing 'wrong' but your airlock can't handle the large amount of kruesen.

+1

At what temp are you fermenting this?

WildGingerBrewing 01-24-2013 12:47 AM

You dont get the krausen out. Its good stuff. I assume you have some sort of tube (auto siphon maybe?). Attach it to your bung or airlock and run it into a bucket of water. Let the beer do its thing. This looks like an awesome fermentation. Nothing wrong that i can see!

BigFloyd 01-24-2013 12:48 AM

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Originally Posted by subzero829 (Post 4819003)
So what do I do? I work from 7 to 7 so I can't make it to my local homebrew store to get a blow off tube and I don't want it to keep spilling...... How do I get the Kruessen out without risking infection.

If you can snag a 4 ft piece of 1/2" clear vinyl tubing somewhere (like Lowe's) this late in the evening (even if it's not food grade), get it, sanitize it, remove/clean/sanitize that airlock and then rig it up with the other end in a bucket of Star-San.

subzero829 01-24-2013 12:51 AM

BigFloyd its an American Pale Ale and I am fermenting it at 66 degrees

WildGinger
Yes I have an autosyphon, but my airlock is a one piece airlock that has a lid on top wont opening that run the risk of infection in the beer?

Roadliner 01-24-2013 12:57 AM

not to steal the thread on purpose... But is there a way to control Krausen? I just put a beer in the fermentor last night and it is blowing off like nothing I have ever seen.. I used a blowoff tube to start cause I always do, but I've already lost 3/4 gallons! and it hasn't even been 24 hrs. Doesn't look like it's slowing down either.. there is a steady flow of foam going through the tube.

GrogNerd 01-24-2013 01:11 AM

our job as brewers is to make yeast happy and krausen is the magical little critters' way of letting you know that you're doing your job.

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Originally Posted by Roadliner (Post 4819048)
not to steal the thread on purpose... But is there a way to control Krausen? I just put a beer in the fermentor last night and it is blowing off like nothing I have ever seen.. I used a blowoff tube to start cause I always do, but I've already lost 3/4 gallons! and it hasn't even been 24 hrs. Doesn't look like it's slowing down either.. there is a steady flow of foam going through the tube.

would suggest not doing anything, at least for this batch. let it run its course.

then, for next time, you'll probably need a bigger fermenter. or a smaller amount going into your current one.

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Originally Posted by subzero829 (Post 4819034)
BigFloyd its an American Pale Ale and I am fermenting it at 66 degrees

WildGinger
Yes I have an autosyphon, but my airlock is a one piece airlock that has a lid on top wont opening that run the risk of infection in the beer?

a three-piece airlock works good for blow off. just use the bigger piece and, like Big Floyd says, stick that 1/2" tube inside on the part sticking up and krausen can escape that way.

only ways to avoid having to use a blow off tube is a bigger fermenter or smaller volumes.

Roadliner 01-24-2013 01:26 AM

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Originally Posted by GrogNerd (Post 4819106)
a three-piece airlock works good for blow off. just use the bigger piece and, like Big Floyd says, stick that 1/2" tube inside on the part sticking up and krausen can escape that way.

This works great for a blow off, but I do put some iodophor in my water to sanitize it.. just a precaution I guess.


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