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Old 11-19-2012, 06:23 AM   #1
richlong8020
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Ok guys this is my first IPA and I was not prepared for the massive mess this creates in primary.

The boil was on 11-17 and then I came home from work today, 11-18, to the fermentation pushing through the airlock.

I removed the cap and soaked a towel in sanitized water, folded and covered the airlock.

I can't get to a hardware store until morning to buy a bigger diameter hose to allow burping into a bottle filled with sanitize water.

Will I be ok until morning? I'd hate to lose 5 gal of good IPA to bacteria or something.

Also as a side note I fill my airlocks with cheap vodka to eliminate bacteria.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED!!!! Had no idea it would generate so much trub and CO2.

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I will not make this mistake again... ... Hopefully

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Yeah, you'll be fine. At this point, you can even remove the airlock. Short of dropping something inside the carboy, you aren't going to get an infection.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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I would suggest putting some sanitized foil loosely over the top instead of a towel.

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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+1 to sanitized foil

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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I'm sure opinions vary, but I try to keep most of the hop debris out of the fermenter. Leftover hop gunk will certainly clog up an airlock a whole lot more than just the yeast.

Also, you might just want to make a blowoff tube your standard procedure. It is a lot better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have one.

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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Thx so much guys. This morning I went out to the hardware store and bought 4 ft of tubing, plugged it into the base of my airlock and have it going into a bottle of sanitized water.

Happily burping away. Glad I avoided a mess and sleepless night.

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:37 AM   #7
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This way the head space is available for expansion.

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:49 AM   #8
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yeah, i'd use a blowoff tube from now on...i ALMOST learned the hard way about using an airlock the first couple days

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
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Thx so much guys. This morning I went out to the hardware store and bought 4 ft of tubing, plugged it into the base of my airlock and have it going into a bottle of sanitized water.

Happily burping away. Glad I avoided a mess and sleepless night.
What is the purpose of using sanitized water with a blow off? sorry. new guy. like to soak in as much info as i can.

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:18 AM   #10
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What is the purpose of using sanitized water with a blow off? sorry. new guy. like to soak in as much info as i can.
If your fermentation vessels cools quickly it can suck the liquid up, so just a precaution in case that happens.
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