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Old 05-17-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hi there,
This is my first post. My brew just exploded. Does this mean the whole brew is now bad?

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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could you clarify "exploded"

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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It erupted out of the top of my carboy.

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:32 PM   #4
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No. First rule to remember: Never give up on or dump a beer!
Just clean up the mess, spray sanitizer around and resanitize your airlock -- or put in a blow-off setup. Keep in mind some large commercial breweries use open fermenters with no lid. There is a protective layer of CO2 covering the top of your brew.

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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A blowoff tube is your friend...

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #6
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<-- never uses airlocks, only blowoff tubes.

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #7
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welcome Allstar
don't worry - your beer will be fine. clean and re sanitize your airlock. look into putting on a blow off tube. clogged airlocks can make a big mess and mopping the ceiling sucks

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:39 PM   #8
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Since I am completely new what is the difference between an airlock and blow off.

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:42 PM   #9
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A blow off is a tube running out if the bung and into a bucket of water.. It allows out flow of gas and krausen...

An airlock is a small setup that plugs into the bung which let's excess gasses escape but nothing enter...

Essentially, they do the same thing but a blow off allows krausen to exit without making a mess...

 
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:53 PM   #10
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Blowoff tubes (into pitchers of water). A blowoff tube is really just a giant airlock, big enough to pass gobs of krausen. Only the center has an airlock, others have tubing stuck into the airlock hole in the bung.

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