I often have beers get a little worked up and need a bit of a blowoff tube, especially wheats. However, I used Wyeast 1010 straight out of the smack pack on an American wheat and it blew the lid off of the fermenter with a blowoff tube hooked up. It probably blew off for 12-24 hours and there was a great deal of beer lost because of such a long blow off period. I had never seen anything like this but since the beer turned out so good I didn't really think anything of it.
I saved this yeast for about 2 months and made a starter of it a couple of days ago, then brewed a raspberry wheat yesterday. When I woke up this morning it had blown right out of the top of my 1 gallon catch vessel. I had to empty this three more times before I went to work and then I stuck it in a 5 gallon bottle to keep it from running all over the floor. At lunch that was half full and it is still coming fast, I have probably lost a gallon of beer at this point.
Too late to do anything for this batch, but has anyone else experienced anything like this using 1010? I know it is the yeast, because both times I have used it I have made ten gallon batches and the other 5 gal got either WLP380 or WLP300 and they stayed under control. I really like the way this yeast performs other than this one aspect of it, would the White Labs American Wheat (320?) give me the same flavor without all the beer loss?