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Old 06-23-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Mold in the blow-off tank... I'm freakin' out!

I had mold start growing in my blow off tank. I had two fermenters run into the one tank, both tubes submerged.... I shoulda switched back to airlocks when the fermentation slowed down I guess.


Am I looking at infection? The beer is 3.5 weeks old. I plan to bottle tomorrow.


Any thoughts would be appreciated...


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Old 06-23-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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Mold in the blow off jar after 3.5 weeks. I am not surprised.


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Old 06-23-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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freak not. replace or clean the blowoff hoses and tank and hope for the best.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #4
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As someone else first said on here: Bacteria aren't Ninjas.

Is there mold on your beer? If not, you should be fine.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:50 PM   #5
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Blow off the blow off. That's what it is for. What BendBrewer said.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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The Co2 was flowing from the beer and into the blow off container with a positive pressure. You have no worries.
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mold cant crawl up the blow off tube into your beer. it'll be fine.

did you put star san in the blow off container or just water?
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:34 AM   #8
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Thank you all for your responses. I've replaced the the blow off tubes with regular airlocks. Yes I put Star San in the blow off the last time I replaced the water in it about two weeks ago. I guess it wasn't enough?

I had hoped the CO2 principle kept me safe.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Thanks again so much,

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Old 06-24-2010, 01:39 AM   #9
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The blowoff's only purpose is to give intense amounts of krausen a place to go. Once the most active fermentation is done (less than a week), just put an airlock on instead. That way, you also have part of the cleanup done.
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I use plain water in my blowoff bucket. I have had mold, bugs, etc. in it never a problem. As long as you don't suck the liquid back into the fermenter there is zero chance of contamination.


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