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Old 11-13-2012, 01:43 AM   #11
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Haha, that looks exactly like my first batch. Except there was beer on the walls, ceiling, guest bed, etc.

As previously mentioned, proceed as if nothing happened, bottle and drink that beer!
Put it all in the primary, and let the BeerGods sort it out

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #12
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you should be fine with all that co2 pressure keeping out anything nasty. also invest in a blowoff tube or fermcap. never had a blowout yet using fermcap

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:52 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone. I came home today and smell hoppy goodness and then saw that and you can imagine my reaction haha.

I cleaned up the mess around it and recapped it. The room stays pretty darn close to 70F. Picked that room because the least light gets in and the temperature doesnt change much.

I might have to look into doing a blow off tube the next time around just in case.

Glad I posted before figuring the batch was a bust. Also upgraded to a premium member too do to all the quick responses.

Here's hoping for the best!

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:52 AM   #14
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Try and keep 1gal head-space in the fermentor. If you are doing 5 gal batch, use 6 or 6.5 gal bucket/carboy and do not fill above 5gal mark. Blowoff is needed for the first three days for sure, just use it everytime then no real worries. The easier CO2 can get out (read: large diameter tube/blowoff) the less pressure that builds and less violent the fermentation will be generally.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:06 AM   #15
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I actually just had that happen for the first time today when I came home from work. I had a feeling it was going to happen and when it did I freaked out a little bit but then realized that I just needed to clean everything up, sanitize and it would all be ok.

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:22 AM   #16
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Sooner or later, this happens to all of happens! Then we get blow off tubes. You can just put tubing straight on your bubbler tip or figure out something more fancy.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:23 AM   #17
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That picture would be a good one to save for every time the blow off tube discussion comes up.
I now have eight gallon buckets to help prevent that. I'm not sure that an eight gallon bucket would have been enough to prevent that though.
Let's see if I keep this updated!

On tap
Black Butte clone

In secondary
Pumpkin ale

In primary
Honey wit

Up next.. Firestone Union Jack clone

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #18
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A blowoff like that is a right of passage !!!! Congrats on the brew and like everyone has said don't you dare dump that beer as with the co2 pushing out none of the bad guys can get in so let her finish out and drink up.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #19
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Yep welcome to the club!
Its a moajor haha moment to see it happen, until you have to clean it up.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #20
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That looks like a standard 3 piece airlock. You should be able to attached your siphon hose directly to the column inside that airlock and then run it into a container of sanitizer and water. Voila... blow off hose.
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