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Old 09-03-2011, 01:59 AM   #1
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I brewed my first batch, a simple cream ale extract. Got it into the carboy, but made a mistake and put the ferment lock on right away instead of the blow off hose. The next day when I checked on it foam had blown the airlock off and made a mess. I put a blow off hose on and let it sit. After 4 days there is no more action from the blow off, or the ferment lock and the foam has crusted inside on the top. According to the recipe I used there should be action for 2 weeks. What should I do?

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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wait and enjoy yer beer in a few weeks. CO2 is heavier than air, more than likely you are fine....just roll with it. RDWHAHB... or in your case, have a store bought brew.

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:06 AM   #3
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I'm with Wolfstar. It shouldn't be a problem. If you want to dump it, send it my way. I'd be happy to drink it.

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:07 AM   #4
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your fine, just wait a month

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:09 AM   #5
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When should I expect to start seeing action on the air lock again?

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:11 AM   #6
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We've all done it. No problems, except for the mess it made. Leave the beer alone for a few weeks then bottle. I'll bet it's good. You will probably not see anymore airlock activity. But remember, airlock activity is NOT a sign of fermentation. Leave it alone and let the yeast do their thing!

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Thanks for the help guys, ill give it a go!

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:18 AM   #8
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The same thing happened to me a few batches back. Airlock exploded, I cleaned up the mess stuck a blow-off on it and let it go. Turned out to be a fine libation!!! It's worth all the waiting.

Have fun scrubbing the malt off the kitchen floor!!!!!!!
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it was in my hallway closet which was carpeted! my wife was very unhappy

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it was in my hallway closet which was carpeted! my wife was very unhappy
Probably not the first time, certainly won't be the last!
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