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Old 05-24-2007, 12:14 AM   #1
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I brew AG 5 gal batches in 6.5 gal carboys. I don't have a blowoff tube setup because I....don't know why actually. Anyway, a couple big beers have crept into the airlock, but nothing too bad until today. I brewed one of Brewpastor's RIS's and re-used a Brit. Ale yeast cake. It just kept foaming into the airlck and I didn't know what to do but clean and replace. It got old quick, and then I did what any kid would do when their soda was foaming over - I sucked off the foam, but I used a wine thief. I just stuck it down into the carboy and sucked off the top foam/krausen - still a lot left below. Maybe not the best, but if you don't have a blowoff setup it might help save a headache. I haven't seen anyone mention doing this even though it is fairly obvious in hindsight. Yes, I need to get a blowoff tube, etc.


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Old 05-24-2007, 03:19 AM   #2
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Maybe something in the foam you actually want in the beer? Just a thought...


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Old 05-24-2007, 03:44 AM   #3
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i also brew 5 gal. batches in a 6.5 gal. carboy.... any problem in this????? I only use the 6.5 for a primary, and then I transfer it to the 5 gal. secondary. Would it be better to just use the 5 gal. with a blow off tube?

 
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:00 AM   #4
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Just stick your racking tube into your airlock hole and you have a makeshift blowoff.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:08 AM   #5
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Nice- those are all fairly good ideas...

I've never tried sucking off the foam. Does it help over the course of a couple of days?

Also- doing primary in a 6.5 carboy is perfectly fine- it's prevented many an explosion for me.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:04 PM   #6
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Just to clarify, I wasn't saying there was anything wrong with putting 5gal into a 6.5gal carboy for the primary ferm. I was just saying that for this batch I needed a blowoff tube but didn't have one. Sucking 3/4 of a wine thief of foam once has prevented anymore foam getting into the airlock. Ferm has slowed now though. I did this at around peak ferm time.
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6.5 gallon carboy is preferable for primary.

i don't really understand this...blow-off tubes are sooooo easy! i'd want that foam to stay in my brew
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:37 AM   #8
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Go Lowe's tomorrow. Plumbing section. 3/4" outer diameter clear vynil tubing is like $2.49 a foot. Cut off a 5 foot hunk and you're done.

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6.5 gallon carboy is preferable for primary.

i don't really understand this...blow-off tubes are sooooo easy! i'd want that foam to stay in my brew
So you're supposed to put the stuff that 'blows off' from the tube back in the beer? I'm not super crazy about sanitation, but this seems weird to me. BTW I would guess I removed maybe 1/8 of the total foam, no more. I have many different size racking tubes, I can fit one into the stopper, I guess it won't clog like an airlock could - even though they're the same diameter? I guess like BierMuncher said, 3/4 is the way to go. I guess then I'd have to use the carboy caps and not the stoppers.
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no, no, no...don't put it back in the beer. if you use a blow-off tube, it will probably never leave your brew. it allows more pressure to be releaved and you won't get the foam up like you would with an airlock.

what i do is use a stopper and a tube that fits inside it. sanitize all this and run the tube from the stopper into a container of water with a bit of sanitizing solution in it. then sit back and watch er bubble


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