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Old 06-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #21
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1 item that hasn't been mentioned is the blow off tube.

Yesterday I brewed a batch & used a carboy that I originally put an airlock. I saw it was fermenting like crazy. I heard it bubbling like a witches cauldron. I switched to a blow off tube just in time.

Here's what I found the morning after..........................



If I used a bucket to primary in, I would have a mess on my hands today.

Hmmmm............ 2009? You mean I'm not the 1st?

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May I also just add that you should be prepared for a blow-off to happen. In a 6.5 gallon, it's less likely but can still happen depending on your batch size.If the Krausen hits the top of the opening and starts coing into the air lock (vodka turns from clear to brown), you may be at risk for a ceiling covered in sticky beer.

Good discussion on that here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/air-...ff-tube-50456/

Lots of videos and FAQs online explaining how to do it. I use 5 gallon carboys and always use a blow off tube for the first week or so then switch to a standard airlock.
P.S. I blow off tube on a bucket? I've never seen that. I'm sure it would work.

 
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #22
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If I used a bucket to primary in, I would have a mess on my hands today.
Unless, of course, you had used a blow off tube on the bucket just like you did on your carboy.

 
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #23
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Unless, of course, you had used a blow off tube on the bucket just like you did on your carboy.
This. The two are not mutually exclusive.

 
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #24
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word, if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball install an airlock, you can install a blowoff.

little blowoff: add a length of tubing starting at the body of a three piece airlock
big blowoff: get some larger ID tubing and just use the hole in the lid where the airlock attaches. you can add gaskets if you like on both ends of the tubing, but I personally don't bother.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:02 PM   #25
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I guess he means that most buckets, if they have an airlock at all, use the little grommets rather than a bung-sized hole so you can install a larger tube. To be honest I thought that buckets were meant to be large enough to prevent the need for a blow-off in most cases anyway?

 
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #26
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To be honest I thought that buckets were meant to be large enough to prevent the need for a blow-off in most cases anyway?
Yep, no bottle-neck effect on a bucket either.

I've only rigged a blowoff a couple of times when using a bucket, once when I was fermenting a massive beer with an aggressive pitch and one other time when I overshot gravity and just ended up making a couple extra gallons of beer.
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