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Old 05-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default Always use a blowoff tube!

I almost learned my lesson the hard way this weekend. I have thought about using a blow-off tube in the past as I've had airlocks fill with krausen, but this was just not good. If you think adding a blow-off tube is hard, it's not. The picture immediately below was posted by Revvy in 2009 and shows what I *should* have done. Instead I ended up with the scary picture even further down - this was a beer with only a 1.050 OG (though was using Weihenstephan yeast).

Always, always use a blow-off tube!



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Yikes! Did you wind up mopping the sealing?!


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I've learned the hard way of not using a blow off tube. Fortunately I was smart enough to have left it in my shower, so it wasn't too big of a mess to clean up. Lesson learned for sure though.
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hmmm, I had an issue this weekend myself and yes my airlock aparently became a geyser. I woke up sunday morning to find beer on the ceiling and and wall and a table. I am on my brewed 8 batches before this and never had a problem. Batch nine.... not so good.
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Yikes! Did you wind up mopping the sealing?!
Nope, I narrowly avoided disaster. I'm surprised the airlock didn't explode out of the bucket or that the lid didn't blast off.
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Yeah man,it looked like it was ready to turn into the white whale! Die,die,Die,damn ye blasted krausen! Herman Melvill would have flashbacks...
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I suggest putting the catch vessel on the floor next to the fermenter. You could get a siphon going, sucking the solution back into your fermenter. An air pressure change could start it.
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He said the 1st pic was revvy's. 2nd was his.
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He said the 1st pic was revvy's. 2nd was his.
Ah, yes.. But the suggestion still goes.
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Yeah,I usually put the catch jug on the stand next to the fermenter so it's blowing up then down into the jug. Maybe he put it there just for pic clarity?...


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