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Old 04-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #11
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Use a blowoff tube for EACH AND EVERY fermentation! As already mentioned, each fermentation is slightly different. My wort ferments in an unused bedroom...NOT a place where beer should be spewed! After 48-72 hours, I change to a regular airlock. Far better to be safe than sorry.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:08 AM   #12
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My Honey Ale blew my airlock last night so I had to run a blowoff using my racking cane and siphon.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:20 AM   #13
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I usually don't use a blow off tube. But, it is a good idea to use one for the first few days.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #14
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Always, if you pitch too warm or have a small headspace you will blow the airlock, from my limited experience, just better safe than sorry.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:07 AM   #15
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Can remember the name, but I use a product that comes in drops. I drip a couple in my fermenter and no blow off needed

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:07 AM   #16
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Fermcap I think it's called. All you'll need is your airlock

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #17
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Can remember the name, but I use a product that comes in drops. I drip a couple in my fermenter and no blow off needed
Don't be so sure. I use FermCap religiously, and still use a blow-off. FermCap doesn't seem to do anything for some of those Belgian yeasts.

Just wait; it will happen one day.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:59 AM   #18
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I woke up this past saturday to the picture below. It was my 21st batch & 1st clogged airlock. I will now be using a blowoff tube from now on...

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P.s. Old rasputin clone racked on top of Small Batch Creme de la Cream Stout.

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Old 04-17-2012, 03:08 AM   #19
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Well I used ti be in the camp of I brew 5 gallon batches in a 6.5 gallon Carboy so I'm fine. Guess what I was really wrong head space is NOT a deciding factor, my last 3 batches have blown off big time an I was lucky enough to walk in each time and catch it in the nick Of time to throw a blow off on it. These were not mystery bathes or anything special just oxygenated well and pitched the proper amount of yeast and whala blow off. So I have adopted from here on out always always always use a blow off for the first 3 days regardless of anything better safe then sorry.

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:13 AM   #20
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I always use a blow-off tube. Even then I've had to clean up a batch or so.

I just brewed the Wild Dog Days of Summer ale a couple weekends ago. Should be bottling next weekend!

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