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Old 03-11-2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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Well, I brewed my 1st batch where I dumped it right on top of the primary slurry of the previous batch last night. As mentioned in other threads its nice as you don't have to get your primary all sanitized and you have a huge pitch of yeast sitting on the bottom. Yep.

So this morning as the wife and I are starting to wake up we hear this "BOOM!". She asks "what was that?" Takes about 2 seconds for me to recognize what it is and another 1 sec to state: "Nothing dear, probably one of my buckets in the garage fell off the table. Why don't you get some more sleep?". She's a clean freak. Sure enough the top blasted off the plastic fermenter and I got foam/wort on the walls, ceiling, pictures etc. etc. I promptly get to cleaning up before she sees the major mess. By the time she finally does see what's going on I got it not looking quite so bad

Anyhow I can't locate the stopper so I figure its in the beer; I got another one but it's going so fast it can't keep up and is blowing foam. This is what you'd call a serious ferment



I have a bunch of sanitized paper towels sitting on the top to try and keep nasties out and soak up the foam. Since you can't really do a blow-off I guess you just let it run it's course and stop it up when you can eh?

 
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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That's exactly what my Russian Imperial was doing. I gave up, popped the top off, and set up some towels around the base of the fermenter. There was so much CO2 coming out, nothing else could get in. I left it like that overnight. By the morning, it had settled down enough to replace the lid and airlock....no problems at all.....stuff's powerful enough to stip paint and/or fuel your car though!
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
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A friend of mine stated that when uses a previous batches yeast cake, he uses a blow off tube set up for the first 24 hours to avoid this.

I know my first time using a previous yeast cake started to bubble in the airlock in less than an hour. I was lucky as Im a night owl and brewed late around 3 in the morning, and was up in the morning around 9 to catch the airlock spewing away. If i had done it earlier, and allowed for a good night sleep, I would have had a big mess for sure!!!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:39 PM   #4
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Is there a blowoff means you can setup on a plastic fermenter?

 
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:45 PM   #5
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Is there a blowoff means you can setup on a plastic fermenter?
What my friend did was use the "barrel" shaped air lock, remove the top, and the inner dome piece, and slipped a length of hose onto the inside piece, then ran the hose length down the side of the primary bucket and into a water/bleach solution in a bucket.
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:58 PM   #6
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Oh yea, that would work. Cool

 
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:06 PM   #7
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I guess my only concern with that would be the tip of the airlock being too small. Im not sure if he modified it or not, but I think I would trin some of the tip to open up the opening more to allow for a much easier and free flowing release of pressure. They are cheap enough to but so you could make one and dedicate it to blowing off.
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:18 PM   #8
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2 words, y'all...bigger bucket.

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Old 03-11-2005, 09:45 PM   #9
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Twas a 6.5 for a 5g. Thought that wasn't supposed to happen

 
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:51 PM   #10
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huge foam musta been the order of the early morning...

i brewed up that 'barnyard best bitter' with my own twist( basically flaked rye instead of the flaked barley) on the grains last night and dumped the whitelabs irish ale yeast starter into it about 0230 this morning... i left for work about six hours later, but still no real activity...

stopped home for lunch and the foam had climbed it's way to the neck of my 6.5 gallon carboy, but had started to recede, but wooohoooo my whole beer room smells like sweet fermenting beer!!!!!
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