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Old 05-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #21
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you got me there too! my first batch was perfect, this is my second and even though its a different style of beer I did it the same....


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Old 05-01-2013, 05:07 PM   #22
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okay thanks union!!!


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Old 05-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #23
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I only use a blowoff tube on bigger beers. When you brew every weekend, you tend to figure out what beers are gonna go off and what ones wont. It also helps that I get a 5 gallon yield and have 6 gallon fermenters. Lots of head room!
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #24
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You're welcome. And the fermcap s is used to negate a lot of boil overs as well as cutting down krausen activity in primary as I understand it. I just used fivestar super moss for the first time myself to clear up the protien haze in my PM beers a week ago last Sunday.
I just start with a blow off rig just in case it decides to go wild.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #25
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i checked the beer level this morning and it was where it started.....there wasn't any foam up in the neck of the carboy either. i'm not sure where this stuff is coming from.....
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It sounds like the krausen dropped. Initial fermentation could well be done. It'll then slowly,uneventfully creep down to FG from there.
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so is the krausen making a drop a bad thing?? sorry to hit you with so many questions. this is my second batch and i'm still in a toddler stage when it comes to brewing.
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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!

She's gunna blow!
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so is the krausen making a drop a bad thing?? sorry to hit you with so many questions. this is my second batch and i'm still in a toddler stage when it comes to brewing.
Nope, it's fine. The krausen drops back into the beer after a initial fermentation is done.
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I only use a blowoff tube on bigger beers. When you brew every weekend, you tend to figure out what beers are gonna go off and what ones wont. It also helps that I get a 5 gallon yield and have 6 gallon fermenters. Lots of head room!
I would be careful with doing it only on bigger beers - the type of yeast can be the factor that causes the blowout. The biggest beer I've ever fermented, the Chimay blue clone, didn't get close to blowing out. But all my hefes regularly have violent fermentations.


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