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Old 12-31-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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So I picked up a brewing kit that came with 2 buckets and a 5 gallon carboy but since longer primary fermenting is the thing around here I decided to test it. Like a noob I didnt realize I needed a 6.5g carboy since Im fermenting 5g. My carboy is overflowing with kruesen... so, following the advice of most threads on here, I bought a 1" tube and hooked that **** up to my airlock and dropped the other end of the tube in a bucket of sanitized water. everything looks good to me so my question for you guys is;

Should I cover the bucket(with sanitized water)? Infection?

When fermenting is complete (its IPA btw and its fermenting like an animal), should I replace my blow off with a regular air lock and let it sit until its been a month or or is it fine to leave it like that?

Anything I can do about the kreusen?

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the noob

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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I always use a blow-off. 5 gal carboy with 5 gal batches and I haven't had any infection problems with unsanitized water. I use sanitized sometimes when it is convenient, but other than that I use tap. I also just leave the tube in the entire 3 weeks and just change my bucket water once after all the aggressive fermentation is finished. My brews ferment like crazy because I always use a starter, so I don't think a 6.5 gal carboy would suffice so I'd still use a blow-off tube to be safe.

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:35 PM   #3
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Just leave the kreusen, it'll stick to the insides of the carboy but it isn't a big deal.

As for the blow off bucket. No need to cover, at least none of my last 5 brews have I covered. All have been infection free *knocks on wood*.

Usually after 5 days of being in the fermenter I'll switch back to my 3-piece airlock, unless I'm adding additional fermentables that'll start up another crazy bubbling moment. You're the best judge for this, if the kreusen has dropped to a nice level and bubbling isnt vigorous then switch back to an airlock to get some floor space back.

 
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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Why didn't you use the fermenting bucket instead of your carboy? that is why it came with your kit. one of your 2 buckets should have a hole in it for the spigot, that one is your bottling bucket.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:35 AM   #5
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Why didn't you use the fermenting bucket instead of your carboy? that is why it came with your kit. one of your 2 buckets should have a hole in it for the spigot, that one is your bottling bucket.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:16 AM   #6
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Some people like to watch the magic happen.
Some people are voyeurs is what you mean. Do you keep your bedroom windowshades open so the neighbors can watch?

 
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Some people are voyeurs is what you mean. Do you keep your bedroom windowshades open so the neighbors can watch?
I can't say that's never happened

 
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #8
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Some people like to watch the magic happen.
Hahaha yes exactly

But I deff didn't anticipate that much kreusen. If I knew I would've used the 6g bucket

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:05 AM   #9
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I wanted a carboy but my local brew shop guy talked me out of it. Im gonna get one though I like to watch. Looking at a white bucket several times a day is kinda strange...lol
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:38 AM   #10
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I wanted a carboy but my local brew shop guy talked me out of it. Im gonna get one though I like to watch. Looking at a white bucket several times a day is kinda strange...lol
yeah same here. Just make sure you buy the cleaning tools with it. Even though its pretty cool to see the action I know its going to be a b!tch cleaning.

 
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