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Old 01-29-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I have a fermentation situation that I have never encountered and could use some input. I brewed my first all grain batch Sunday afternoon and put my fermenter in the closet at about 5:00 PM on Sunday evening. All seemed to be going just fine until I awoke this morning to find that yeast had over run my air lock and spilled out of the fermenter and onto the floor. Any thoughts?


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Old 01-29-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Don't use an airlock in your primary. Use a sanitized cork and a tube running into a water filled,larger bottle that is sitting in a tray itself. A vigorous ferment will usually overwhelm an airlock. Airlocks are fine for secondaries or when the ferment is really slow.


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Old 01-29-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome! Sorry about your floor. A temporary fix is to put your fermenter inside a rubbermaid tub or something like that.

I hook up a blow off tube for most of my beers. Mine is a stopper with a small piece of hard plastic tube that I cut off from a racking cane sticking out of it. I hook tubing to the piece of racking cane and run it to a gallon jar 1/3 filled with water. The CO2 bubbles out through the water, just like through an airlock, and if the krausen overflows, it goes through the tube and into the jar.
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Thanks for the advice. More importantly thanks for helping me to see that I am not looking at a problem here. I would hate to have to toss all that beer.
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Can you over ferment a beer?
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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Definitely no need to toss it. I had a hefe clog the airlock and blow the lid off the bucket. Yeast was all over my closet... I sanitized everything, put it back together and the beer turned out great.

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Can you over ferment a beer?
You can't really over ferment a beer. The yeast will eat the available sugars and then start cleaning up. You can leave it sitting on the trub for too long.


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