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Old 01-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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I'm Joe, I'm new hear and i am already obsessed with homebrewing and this is my first real batch. I started with the Mr. Beer a few years ago. But dont worry I am not using it anymore! After a couple weekends of non stop brewery (and one distellry) tours here in Milwaukee, I figured if those knuckleheads at the brewery could make good beer, why couldn't I? Luckily there is a northen brewer store a few miles from home so I stopped in and picked up a kit. I chose tje Caribou Slobber as the free extract kit. I put it in the fermenter last evening after following the instructions religiously and used the supplied dry danstar yeast. Well this morning I had to put a blowoff hose on because the airlock wasnt able to keep up with releasing the pressure. The fermenting has gone wild.
I pitched the yeast at 67* and the fermenter is 69.5* now. It is 66/67 ambient. Is this normal/good/bad that I am having to use a blowoff hose so soon or at all? Also I let a small portion of the hops in the bottom kettle into the fermenter. The bits of hops are presesnt at the top of the krausen, was this a bad move?


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Old 01-20-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Sounds like everything is going good man! Blowoff tube for the early vigorous fermentation, and wouldn't worry about hop particles in your krausen at all.


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Your hops would have been through the boil and given up their goodness so losing some now is not a problem nor is a vigorous fermentation. I would prefer a little cooler (which gives a less vigorous ferment) but your temperature should yield good beer.
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I was getting worried it was too hot so I cooled it down to 66. The violent fermentation slowed down either because of that, or time.
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