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Old 12-11-2012, 04:48 AM   #1
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Is it best to have a blow off tube at the same level as the fermenter, above, or below?

Never worried about it before but I'm afraid this batch is gonna blow without the right setup.

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
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have your blow-off bottle lower than your fermenter, if possible. you want gravity to pull the excess foam down out of the tube
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:01 AM   #3
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ALWAYS have the bucket lower than the fermenting vessel. IF at all possible, put the bucket/bottle/etc. on the floor. You do NOT want to get the stuff from the blowoff bucket back into the fermenting vessel.

At most, I've used a milk crate to lift my blowoff bucket so that the tubing was going into the sanitizer solution (Star San). If the tubing was longer, or not so twisted, I would have put it onto the ground. This was taking a feed off of a 1/4 barrel (tall) fermenting keg. So the tubing was about 24" above ground level. The bucket, and end of the hose, was about 12-16" above the ground.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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Ime,the end of the blow off tube needs to be lower than the airlock placement. works fine every time.
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