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Old 11-11-2008, 02:44 AM   #1
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Holy crap batman the fermentation is foaming over through the airlock.

I dont have a brew store open to get parts for blow off tubes do i just keep putting water in the fermentation locks until i can get to the HBS and buy the parts for blow off tubes? I am using 2 six gallon better bottles.

I have never seen fermentation do this at this level its insaine man!!!!!

Thank god i live in colorado so wild yeast is of little concern. I am nervous about bacteria but it is in my basement which is really clean.

Any advice you can lend will be apprecieated including if i just need to relax and have a home brew.

 
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:47 AM   #2
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hell, you could probably just leave the airlocks off for a little while if it's going that crazy. (probably bad advice, but better than an explosion )
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:49 AM   #3
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So what your saying is dont worry it will be fine just try and keep the fermentation lock full when you remember. once it slows down is when to be concerned?

 
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:51 AM   #4
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yeah, there is so much co2 pushing out of there, nothing is going to fall in.

just gotta watch out for bugs and mice
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:54 AM   #5
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If it is in a carboy you can cover with some sanitized aluminum foil with no worry.

 
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:54 AM   #6
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Run to Home Depot. They sell tubing in all kinds of sizes.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:56 AM   #7
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foil, duct tape with a small air hole.. or you can run to lowes or homedepot as they sell some one inch tubing that you can stick on top of your stopper, depending on which kind you have.

the main thing is to watch for solid debris and the big things getting in
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:56 AM   #8
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do you have a 3-piece airlock? The kind with the little floating "hat"? If you do, you can take out the floating piece, and put your siphon tubing attached to it, and then stick the other end in a pitcher of water with some sanitizer. Presto- instant blow off tube!

If you don't have a three piece airlock, and you're using an ale pail, you can remove the grommet from the pail, and stick the tubing in there and rig up a blow off tube. If you're using a carboy, you'll probably have to go to Lowe's and buy some 1 inch diameter tubing and jam in there.

In the meantime, it's fine. A blow off tube is a good idea, though, to help prevent explosions of wort.

Also, if you do remove the airlock, I'd do it very slowly and carefully. If you just pull it out, you might get a geyser of beer on your ceiling. Trust me on this!
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:09 AM   #9
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Yooper your a friggin genius I didnt even think of that yes they are three piece airlocks.

DUHH!!! Damn i feel stupid thanks for the idea.

 
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Use the bottling wand hose...


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