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Old 04-12-2009, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default Overflow 2nd day fermentation... huge problem?

Hey everyone what's happenin? I started a blonde ale the other day and when i woke up this morning to check on my baby, the stopper and airlock in my carboy were on the floor and there was a huge mess... What am i doing wrong?????!!!

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Old 04-12-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had an pretty active fermentation. Do a search for "blowoff tube" and you'll find tons of info. Basically it's a hose that replaces the airlock and feeds to a contained of sanitizer. Keeps you from having those messes.

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Old 04-12-2009, 10:51 PM   #3
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What am i doing wrong?????!!!
You, sir, are guilty of not doing your homework before brewing. You should always use a blowoff tube for the first few days of fermentation.

Do a quick search for blow off, if you don't already know what I'm talking about.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
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Set up a blow-off tube. Place one end on air lock or in lid hole, and the other end in sanitized water.

This hapened because you had rigiorous fermentation. Were you using a 5 gal or 6.5 gal?

If I had a pic I would post it, Im sure someone will post one in a few mintues.

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Old 04-12-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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Hey llazy, i thought i did my homework but apparently you had to have an ego and point out that i didn't for humility's sake. This was an honest mistake, yes i know what a blow off tube is and i will gladly invest in one. Thank you for the advice. oh and histo im using a 5gallon

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Old 04-12-2009, 11:03 PM   #6
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i don't mean to sound like a jerk

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Hey llazy, i thought i did my homework but apparently you had to have an ego and point out that i didn't for humility's sake. This was an honest mistake, yes i know what a blow off tube is and i will gladly invest in one. Thank you for the advice. oh and histo im using a 5gallon
It's not an ego thing by any stretch of the imagination. The majority of my time on HBT is spent answering questions from newer brewers, which I enjoy doing. The reason I said you didn't do your homework is because 10 seconds of searching (or a day or two of lurking) would have answered that question and not required an additional thread.

Honestly, I just figured you'd be able to handle a bit of good natured ribbing. There's a good deal of that around here. But hey, if you're upset about it then I apologize.

As for your 5 gallon fermenter, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone around here that would recommend a 5 gallon fermenter for use as a primary (at least not for beer) as 5 gallons of rapidly expanding liquid stored in a 5 gallon vessel is a recipe for.... well, you've already seen it first hand. Personally, I'd recommend a few 6-6.5 gallon buckets, carboys, or Better Bottles for use as your primary fermenter. I still say you should always use a blowoff for the first few days of active fermentation, but a larger vessel will cut down on the amount of beer you lose in the event of explosive fermentation.
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o no i can definately handle it lol and yes i do greatly appreciate the advice but i do have one more question. i think the stopper was out of it for a few hours before i discovered it. is this batch good and ruined?

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Probably not. It's a lot harder to ruin a batch of beer than most people believe. Either way, you'll know for sure in a few weeks if your beer tastes like someone died, was resurrected, died a second time, was resurrected a second time, evacuted their bowels into your carboy, then died a third and final time and was liquified into your beer.

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o man that would be bad!!! especially the evacuating bowels part lol thanks again

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