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Old 04-15-2007, 03:36 AM   #1
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I brewed a BIG partial-mash imperial IPA 3 days ago. I racked into a food safe bucket as a primary. Apparently the fermentation was too much for the airlock and it became clogged and the lid was popped off. My brew was out in the open for a couple hours until I found it, resealed the lid, installed a blow off tube and cleaned up the mess. Anyone ever had this happen to them or have any idea if my beer will be drinkable?


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Old 04-15-2007, 03:37 AM   #2
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Only time will tell. But since you had some good krausen going, there's a good chance it will be fine.. I'd give it a chance in secondary...


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Old 04-15-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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I brewed a BIG partial-mash imperial IPA 3 days ago. I racked into a food safe bucket as a primary. Apparently the fermentation was too much for the airlock and it became clogged and the lid was popped off. My brew was out in the open for a couple hours until I found it, resealed the lid, installed a blow off tube and cleaned up the mess. Anyone ever had this happen to them or have any idea if my beer will be drinkable?
Yeah, I had it happen to me. Unlike you, I lost my mind at the sight of my brew exposed to the elements. Like an idiot, I took the lid that was laying on the floor and put it directly back onto the bucket. I obviously should have washed and sanitized the lid first. And, after coming here for advice, I got some good ideas, like sanitizing a large spoon and scraping some of the krauesin layer off the top, in theory removing the foam exposed to the elements before it dropped back into the beer after primary subsided.

After all the mistakes I made, I'm still glad to say the beer turned out very good. It went faster than any batch I made up to that point. So, I'd bet you'll be alright, but all you can really do is wait and see. Good luck!
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:51 AM   #4
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You should be fine. It's happenned to all of us at one point.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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I've had a few blowups, never a bad batch. What I do now is set the bucket in the sink and




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Old 04-16-2007, 03:50 PM   #6
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that picture just looks wrong....
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:31 AM   #7
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yeah it does... my freind just had one blow up last night, an Irish stout. We transferred it into 2 bukets to make it so that LOTS of krausen would have to build up for this to happen again.
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Wine used to be fermented (and probably still is) in open-top vats, if that makes you feel better. Honestly, brewers seem to over-worry about sanitation issues (it's a good trait, but remember that when things go wrong).
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Wine used to be fermented (and probably still is) in open-top vats, if that makes you feel better. Honestly, brewers seem to over-worry about sanitation issues (it's a good trait, but remember that when things go wrong).
And beer too, in many breweries.
I was just watching Beer Nuts the other night and they were touring the fermenting room at I believe Anchor Brewing, which contained large open vats of fermenting beer. The room was clean but no special precautions appeared to be taken by the visitors or workers.
I haven't experienced an infection and don't have much experience brewing but reading about others experiences and the history of brewing, I'm beginning to think that paranoia of some of our sanitation is mostly unnecessary. I think if you clean throughly after using something in brewing you probably don't need to be much cleaner than you would be with cooking.
However the thought of ruining 5 gals of wonderful beer will keep me from being too lax in my sanitation.

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:38 PM   #10
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I just bottled the batch that was in the exploding primary - tasted great. Does anybody know if the term worry-wort is brewing related?


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