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Old 08-17-2014, 02:09 PM   #11
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I've seen those little holes in the bottom of the small tube on the airlock get clogged up from a rapidly fermenting wort. Solution, less wort or bigger fermentor.
I prefer a blowoff tube as a solution, honestly....just like an airlock but with an inner diameter that I can't imagine ever clogging and blowing off
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:12 PM   #12
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Are you using a refractometer or hydrometer for specific gravity readings?
Yeah, my buddy gave me one for free so I've been testing out the refractometer. Saves me more beer too
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:15 PM   #13
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Did you mix up your 5-gallon Better Bottle with the 6?
You nailed it! I haven't brewed in a couple years and I didn't realize I had a 5 gallon and 6 gallon. That is slightly disappointing since I most likely brewed about 4-4.5 gallons then instead of the full 5.

I have 2 6 gallons and 1 5 gallon. I just transferred a different batch into a 6 gallon secondary. Will this have any ill effects on the beer to be in a bigger secondary than intended??

I still can't figure out why this one foamed so crazy. I thought fermacap was supposed to prevent that??? Maybe it would have in a 6 gallon.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:17 PM   #14
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Next time if you affix a blow-off hose instead of an airlock, you'll contain the mess and not blow the airlock. Sometimes if they get plugged and then blow with force, the sudden drop in pressure will cause all of the CO2 to come out of suspension at once and create a huge geyser - think "champagne bottle". Once the most vigorous part of the ferment is done, then switch to an airlock.
That has to be exactly what happened here. What is a good setup for the better bottle blowoff? I've seen the bigger bung where you plug the hose right into it for blowoff and I've seen people use the 3 piece airlock and attach a hose to the middle part of that (the host is much smaller). Any preference?
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:33 PM   #15
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So, curiosity was killing me and I went ahead and measured the Brix.

The original Brix was around 17. The current Brix is at 10. Going by an online calculator, the original OG was approx 1.07 (target was 1.065). The current gravity would be 1.021. What does gravity usually get to when fermentation is done? This thing has only been in the primary for 7 days, so I may get the brix to go lower, right? If it was done fermenting today, it would be estimated 6% ABV.
Wait another week then take an SG reading with the hydrometer. Take another reading three days later. If they are the same FG has been reached. You may want to let the beer condition in the primary a little longer for sediment to drop out.

Hydrometers are much more accurate in the presence of alcohol than a refractometer. Conversion calculators can get you close, but there are still variables to affect the accuracy.

Final Gravity would mainly depend upon the yeast used and the ingredients of the beer. I would consider 1.021, for the beers I typically brew, an incomplete fermentation. It is not to high if the recipe contained an abundance of unfermentable sugars though.
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Its funny I read a thread title like that and I ALWAYS hope for a picture!

Head space and a blow off would have been your best friend there..

Just be grateful it wasn't in the SWMBO's closet.. Don't ask how I know.... She is still pissed at me for that. I LMAO every time I think about her waking me up in the middle of the night to this massive hissing sound coming from the closet..ha ha ha and I could just smell the ferment on the carpet.

Thanks for posting the picture! That's a good one there!

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Haha, glad you enjoyed the picture. I actually lucked out because my roommate has some boxes of vintage jack daniels stuff that is worth some serious $$ and my fountain of beer just missed it
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Haha, glad you enjoyed the picture. I actually lucked out because my roommate has some boxes of vintage jack daniels stuff that is worth some serious $$ and my fountain of beer just missed it
Lucky you man! Whooo that would have SUCKED!!!!


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That has to be exactly what happened here. What is a good setup for the better bottle blowoff? I've seen the bigger bung where you plug the hose right into it for blowoff and I've seen people use the 3 piece airlock and attach a hose to the middle part of that (the host is much smaller). Any preference?
I use a carboy cap with a 1/2 OD hose, into whatever container I have. I use the cap because I have a thermowell in the other hole. When I go to cold condition, I swap out the hose for an airlock.
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