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Old 11-13-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
Nov 2012
York, Pennsylvania
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Hey all, I just started reading the forums and yesterday I attempted to get rolling on my brewing fun. I did pretty well with prep, boiling times, temps and ice and things were running smoothly until I went to put my airlock on the bucket cap. I knocked in the rubber stopper inside the pale however reading up here since I sanitized like a mad man I thought id still be ok. So I put some tape around the airlock and got a good seal into the hole on the top.

Things were looking good this morning before I left work however when I got home this evening I found the following:

The top of the bucket had popped off and floating on a cloud of sugar horror.
I know this batch is done for but I want to learn from my mistakes. The top was definitely sealed tight but would a makeshift airlock really do this?

Any insights or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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the air lock got clogged, built up pressure and went pop!

i always use a blowoff tube set up to avoid what i see in the picture.

hell i might let it finish and see if it comes out ok.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:26 AM   #3
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Wow, slow down there falla, that batch is not done for, clean up around it and if it is still fermenting that hard leave the lid on top loose. maybe put the bucket in a bathtub or container large enough to keep it from running all over.
How is your temp doing? if it is above 70 get some cold water in the previousley mention tub and maybe some ice and get it cooled off a bit, slow that fermentation down some.
Just don't give up on it yet unless something nasty fell in it.

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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What he said.

This batch has a 99% chance of being just fine. You can probably clean up the floor, scoop some of the krausen out with a sanitized spoon and reattach the lid. It probably won't blow again if you can clean out the airlock.

It's taste just fine if you control the temps.

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:40 AM   #5
Jun 2011
Cleveland, OH
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Keep the brew alive! It should be okay
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #6
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Personally, I think big blow offs are awesome! I'm jealous! As stated, clean up the mess and let it finish out!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:44 AM   #7
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Keep the beer, and invest in blow-off tubes..

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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+1 - with that much stuff coming out, there shouldn't be room for the bugs (bacteria, etc.) to sneak in.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:49 AM   #9
Nov 2012
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Ditto. I would clean up and continue. Advise for a newer brewer. Never throw out a batch unless it has bottle conditioned for months and still tastes like $%^&. During active fermentation some people don't even cover. Open fermentation is a technique so I say, "Brew On".

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:30 AM   #10
Dec 2011
Eugene, Oregon
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Clean it up and recap it. Your beer should be fine. I've had this happen (carboy though) and the beer still turned out good.

I almost always use a blow off tube into sanitizer because of crazy fermentation like this.

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