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Old 03-17-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default HELP...i keep losing beer

so i brewed a batch of barley wine yesterday, og 1.091, and pitched a 1 quart starter of whitbread yeast. the thing is just going nuts!! my problem is that i have lost nearly 3/4 of a gallon of beer already though the blowoff tube. is there anyway to prevent this or is it just a hazard of brewing big beers. by the way it is in a 6.5 gal carboy.

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:51 PM   #2
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Same thing happened to me with my RIS-888.

I guess you just have to scale the recipes up a bit to allow for blow-off.

I wouldn't do as some suggest and re-top the carboy to get up to volume.

Better to be a pint or two short and a perfect beer.


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yup, next time go bigger on the fermenter size.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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I just sarted using it this weekend so I don't have a lot of experience to go on, but Foam Control (Fermcap-s) did wonders in my boil kettle this weekend. It's supposed to be just as affective in the fermenter. See the current thread "Let's Talk Foam Control'.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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+1 for Fermcap-S. I have also had some brews were there were significant losses through the blow-off. No more.....
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:10 PM   #6
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How high is the 6.5 carboy filled?
I've barely ever had blowoff problems with my beers because I fill a 6.5 gallon fermenter to 5-5.5. And I'm still getting the attentuation and final gravity I'm aiming for with a majority of my beers.
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i fill my carboys to 5.5-6 gallons and i've never had enough blow-off for it to lose any significant amount. of course, it's been a while since i've done a brew that big!
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i fill my carboys to 5.5-6 gallons and i've never had enough blow-off for it to lose any significant amount. of course, it's been a while since i've done a brew that big!
Hmm, deathbrewer, i think you need to go big, to live up to the user name!
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well...the recent apfelwein i made almost killed some folk!
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How high is the 6.5 carboy filled?
I've barely ever had blowoff problems with my beers because I fill a 6.5 gallon fermenter to 5-5.5. And I'm still getting the attentuation and final gravity I'm aiming for with a majority of my beers.
it was filled to just above the 5 gal mark.


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