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Old 02-16-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I need some quick advice here.. Brewed a Honey Oatmeal Stout last night. This morning the the vodka was bubbling nicely. I checked it just now, and my Ale Pale is bulging and the airlock is now making a high squeal (like a leaky balloon) instead of the nice bubbly sound. Also the vodka has turned brown which suggests the krausen has come up through the airlock. If you look at the pic below you can see the lid bulging. Am i gonna blow my top? what would you do in this situation?


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Old 02-16-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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If I had to guess I'd bet there was a chunk o' something blocking the bottom of your airlock.

If it was me, I'd slowly pull off the airlock and clean it out, or just burp the lid.

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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I would get a blow off hose in there. Hops plugs up the holes on the airlock to easily. I had a lid blow on me once.....once!
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:12 PM   #4
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I usually hacksaw that little cross piece at the bottom of my 3 piece airlocks...

Makes it easier for a blowoff tube to work..

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:15 PM   #5
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The first thing I would do is quit reading and posting on HBT and put a damn blow off on that there fermenter, otherwise your next pic will be of your ceiling

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:16 PM   #6
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:17 PM   #7
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guys?! thanks! really.. thank you..

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:49 AM   #8
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If you can set up a blowoff that would be good but if you don't have the materials right now just take the airlock out and clean it and replace it. It worked for me.

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:57 AM   #9
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The tube from your racking cane will fit right in that little grommet. No need to cut up anything... except maybe the tube.

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:59 AM   #10
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Did you get the blow off tube hooked up ok? If you can't just take the lid off the pail (slowly, so you don't get a face full) and loosely set it on there until the fermentation settles down.

Also, do your best to get it in the 65 degree range. I have a feeling that baby is HOT!
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