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Old 08-12-2012, 09:55 PM   #21
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I got lucky and read about blow off tubes before I had a beer shower in the closet. I chose not to use part of an airlock and just dipped the end of some siphon hose in starsan to make it slick and stuffed it through the grommit in the lid of my bucket.

This is my first extract Hefe, glad I did not us an airlock lol


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I got lucky and read about blow off tubes before I had a beer shower in the closet. I chose not to use part of an airlock and just dipped the end of some siphon hose in starsan to make it slick and stuffed it through the grommit in the lid of my bucket.

This is my first extract Hefe, glad I did not us an airlock lol
Dover, that's how I do it and no problems so far.


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Old 08-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #23
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I never thought of puting a tube on an air lock before either- I just took the bung I use for my carboy down to Home Depot with me and found some cheap clear tubling.

Then I put one side in a Homer Bucket with water and a little bit of Iodine.
I just stick tubing into the bung or the top of the lid on a bucket. Skip the air lock.
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I use star san in my jug. Just keep in mind that Star San foams, so if you have a vigorous fermentation going, you will get a lot of foam in the jug and that can also overflow so keep an eye on it.
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Dover, what size tubing is that?
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Its just standard 3/8" ID tubing my LHBS keeps it in stock for use with the racking cane. Its a tight squeeze but it will fit.
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So had my first issue with this in 3.5 years, good run I guess. After 14 hours my airlock was full of gunk and had some wort (assume originally was foam) standing on the top of my fermenter pail top. I cleaned up the air lock as didn't have time to do anything else before work. I got home and the air lock was fine but noticed the outside of my pail was full of krausen (gunk) and the top wasn't completely sealed --- although couldn't see wort. I cleaned up the sides, put pail back on, and now have a blow off tube going. THanks to this thread for the idea.

My questions...

1. With the gunk that got outside of my pail, will that hurt my yeast at work? Or is it purely krausen? The stuff outside my pail was like peanut butter.
2. Since my pail top wasn't completely sealed for the day (no more than 10 hours), do I need to fear infection? I'm guessing not since everything was blowing out.

And it was my fault, this is a high gravity beer so created (2) yeast starters and ended up with a bigger batch size than expected --- so it was the perfect storm for a blow out.
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Won't hurt the brew and don't have to worry about infection, beer is a resilient thing!
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Good to hear! It does look like the thing is fermenting just fine with the blowoff tube so assume we're good as you mentioned. Thanks for the feedback.


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