Apfelwein- it will be okay, they said!!
I started a batch of this apfelwein I keep hearing all about yesterday afternoon.
5 gal Great Value apple juice- no preservatives
2lb brown sugar (could not acquire corn sugar)
5 tsp yeast nutrient (didnt want any rhino farts)
1 packet Red Star Premier Cuvee yeast
Followed all directions- except with my two minor substitutions. Against my better judgement, I went ahead and put it in a five gallon carboy instead of my primary fermenter (which is currently in use). Left about 5 inches of air space.
The cat woke me up extra early this morning, so I get up to go make some coffee, and behold! The apfelwein is bubbling like crazy, coming out of the airlock, and it is not relenting.
Most everything I have read on this site has said not to worry! It wont bubble over!
I think it may have bubbled up so much because (a) i used yeast nutrient, and my little buddies are extra happy and productive right now and/or (b) premier cuvee is a much more active ferment than montrachet.
to fix this:
I suppose I will rack into a six gallon carboy for the extra headspace for a week?
is there anything else i should do? is this a bad idea?
what is a blowoff tube?