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Old 09-25-2010, 01:04 AM   #1
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Default First fermenter blowout!

So I came home today and found my blow-off tube and stopper on the ground but lucky for me the mess wasn't all that bad. I did learn something though and thought I should share so it doesn't happen to anyone else. If you're going to attach a hose to the stem of an airlock, make sure that airlock doesn't have one of those X type cross structure on the tip. It ended up collecting all sorts of gunk. I'm not even sure what purpose it serves but it's not good for blow off tubes.

I just ended up using a piece of an old racking cane and put that in the stopper with vinyl tubing so hopefully that does the trick. Even if it does blow up again I put it inside my mash tun with a bottling bucket over it in hopes that will contain a second mess.

That's what I get for stepping up to 5 gallon batches and pitching a yeast cake onto a Belgian strong!

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Old 09-25-2010, 02:03 AM   #2
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The new ones have a straight thru-hole, no cross members.
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