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Old 02-12-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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The art of Paragraphs seem to have been lost... ;-)
Paragraph, smaragraph.

You're right though, it does look a bit jumbled. Forgive my improper syntax on a forum post.


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Old 02-12-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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FWIW, this exact thing happened to me on my first brew, and I had the exact same worries (super active right off the bat and then little to no activity for the rest of the primary). The beer turned out great. Attenuation was right on target at the end of the primary. Carbonation was hit and miss, but that is a separate problem. I did not get any infection despite the fact that the carboy was missing its bung for a whole weekend.

Anecdotes are anecdotes, but wait until you see some sign of an infection before you worry about it. Remember, people were making beer long before mankind had any clue about sanitation or airlocks or any of that newfangled stuff.


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Old 02-12-2013, 07:38 PM   #13
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Thanks chacotaco. It's reassuring to hear about a similar situation. The lack of activity after a super active beginning fermentation was what was really worrying me.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #14
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Funny!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:15 PM   #15
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I switched to 6.5 gal. Carboys and this is less of a problem. When I had a 5 gal. Carboy I usually stuffed the 3/8 tubing straight into the stopper; although, a carboy cap would probably be better.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #16
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When your airlock blew off there was prob so much co2 that nothing bad got into your beer. I love to hear when a home brewer has a blowout and krausen gets all over the wall and ceiling. That they are more worried about there batch then the mess. True home brewers worry about there batch and the mess and ceiling are secondary. I have learned 2 use a blow off tube a soon as i pitch then switch 2 an airlock after 4-5 days. Your beer will be fine i'm sure Brew on !!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #17
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Seeing a clogged airlock and going back to bed is like seeing a hoard of zombies at every door and window and deciding to shut off the lights and call it a night. LOL

You're fine, man. As for blowoff tubing, do you not have siphon tubing? That fits perfectly in the center hole of a 3-piece airlock.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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To be honest, I'm not sure the dimensions of my siphon tubing. It fits my airlock perfectly though.
When I had my first blow off, I used my siphon tubing and it turned out to be a bad idea because the tubing took on a greenish yellowish color so I was worried about contamination with future batches. Anyway, now it's my dedicated blow-off tube but I still sanitize it before use. They're really cheap though so I just bought another one with my next supply order.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #19
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To be honest, I'm not sure the dimensions of my siphon tubing. It fits my airlock perfectly though.
I had this happen to me, only it was using my aquarium's siphon tubing

It worked though, I think. Beer is still carbing up...
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I put a clean trash bag over my carboy. Keeps light out and if I get a blowout it limits the mess. Typically use blowoff tubes for ferming now.


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