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Old 12-17-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Hi, this is my first post.

I prepared my first home brew yesterday evening (using Coopers Micro-Brew Kit).

This morning I found it happily bubbling away. Now I have foam pushing through the airlock. I added some water to it to try to flush it. More foam has pushed out. It seems to have nothing but foam in the airlock now.

Should I remove the airlock, clean it and put it back in? Or add more water to keep flushing it? Or just leave it alone?

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Old 12-17-2008, 08:51 PM   #2
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Remove and switch to a blow-off tube

Use about 4ft of tubing and place one end in the plastic stopper (that your airlock goes in) and put the opther in a cut off gallon jug with water in it. You just have some good fermentation going on, happens alot but it will calm down soon enough.

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Happens to all of us at one time or another, it means you have a very very active fermentation...

First off, pull the airlock off anc clean and re-sanitize it...stick it back in, then grab a hose (I found the the one from my bottling wand worked when I needed it) and rig up a blowoff tube..





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Revvy is it at all possible water or whatever liquid you have as a filter risks getting sucked into the primary with it setup like that?

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Revvy is it at all possible water or whatever liquid you have as a filter risks getting sucked into the primary with it setup like that?

never have had a problem with my setup. The primary is always under positive pressure during fermentation and when it slows down just put the airlock back on.

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Revvy is it at all possible water or whatever liquid you have as a filter risks getting sucked into the primary with it setup like that?
As springer said, it doesn't happen. It would take quite a bit of pressure to suck that water back into the fermenter. It's not really that different from an oversized airlock.
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Thanks for the responses. Kinda figured that just wanted to confirm.

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Hi everyone, thanks for the replies...

Will get a blow-off tube setup...

It's fermenting at 26 degrees celsius (78.8 degrees fahrenheit)... hopefully that will be ok.

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