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Old 03-01-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
Oct 2009
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never had to use a blowoff tube before, always had enough room in the carboy for fermentation to happen. so woke up today with a nice mess in the basement. at this point is it ok for me to switch out the airlock with a blowoff tube or is it better to just wait it out and rack to secondary once fermentation is complete?

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 AM   #2
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you can go ahead and change to a blow off till fermentation calms down then switch back.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:07 AM   #3
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If it's still billowing out of the carboy, use the blowoff tube. If is has fallen back and the most active period of fermentation seems over, and airlock is probably ok.

What size carboy is it and how big is your batch?

Primary 1 - Engish Mild Ale
Primary 2 - Three Dog Pilsner
Secondary - Empty
Keg 1 - English ESB
Keg 2 - Scottish 70-/
Keg 3 - Commercial EPA

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