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Old 01-24-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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Made my second batch of beer Sunday and my roommate just got home from work and sent me this picture. We did have a mistake and watered our beer down too much and had a lower OG than anticipated but I'm sure that's not it.

What did I do wrong and is there any hope of savior?

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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Looks like happy beer in desperate need of a blow off tube!

Nothing 'wrong' but your airlock can't handle the large amount of kruesen.


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Old 01-24-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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So what do I do? I work from 7 to 7 so I can't make it to my local homebrew store to get a blow off tube and I don't want it to keep spilling...... How do I get the Kruessen out without risking infection.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:45 AM   #4
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Looks like happy beer in desperate need of a blow off tube!

Nothing 'wrong' but your airlock can't handle the large amount of kruesen.
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At what temp are you fermenting this?
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You dont get the krausen out. Its good stuff. I assume you have some sort of tube (auto siphon maybe?). Attach it to your bung or airlock and run it into a bucket of water. Let the beer do its thing. This looks like an awesome fermentation. Nothing wrong that i can see!
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So what do I do? I work from 7 to 7 so I can't make it to my local homebrew store to get a blow off tube and I don't want it to keep spilling...... How do I get the Kruessen out without risking infection.
If you can snag a 4 ft piece of 1/2" clear vinyl tubing somewhere (like Lowe's) this late in the evening (even if it's not food grade), get it, sanitize it, remove/clean/sanitize that airlock and then rig it up with the other end in a bucket of Star-San.
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BigFloyd its an American Pale Ale and I am fermenting it at 66 degrees

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Yes I have an autosyphon, but my airlock is a one piece airlock that has a lid on top wont opening that run the risk of infection in the beer?
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not to steal the thread on purpose... But is there a way to control Krausen? I just put a beer in the fermentor last night and it is blowing off like nothing I have ever seen.. I used a blowoff tube to start cause I always do, but I've already lost 3/4 gallons! and it hasn't even been 24 hrs. Doesn't look like it's slowing down either.. there is a steady flow of foam going through the tube.
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our job as brewers is to make yeast happy and krausen is the magical little critters' way of letting you know that you're doing your job.

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not to steal the thread on purpose... But is there a way to control Krausen? I just put a beer in the fermentor last night and it is blowing off like nothing I have ever seen.. I used a blowoff tube to start cause I always do, but I've already lost 3/4 gallons! and it hasn't even been 24 hrs. Doesn't look like it's slowing down either.. there is a steady flow of foam going through the tube.
would suggest not doing anything, at least for this batch. let it run its course.

then, for next time, you'll probably need a bigger fermenter. or a smaller amount going into your current one.

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BigFloyd its an American Pale Ale and I am fermenting it at 66 degrees

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Yes I have an autosyphon, but my airlock is a one piece airlock that has a lid on top wont opening that run the risk of infection in the beer?
a three-piece airlock works good for blow off. just use the bigger piece and, like Big Floyd says, stick that 1/2" tube inside on the part sticking up and krausen can escape that way.

only ways to avoid having to use a blow off tube is a bigger fermenter or smaller volumes.
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a three-piece airlock works good for blow off. just use the bigger piece and, like Big Floyd says, stick that 1/2" tube inside on the part sticking up and krausen can escape that way.
This works great for a blow off, but I do put some iodophor in my water to sanitize it.. just a precaution I guess.


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