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Old 11-17-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Chocolate stout going crazy!!!!

Just brewed up an AHS Chocolate Stout kit this morning. After 1 1/2 hours it's coming out the lid!!! Never seen fermentation like this before. Will it settle down quickly or can it go like this for days? I rigged up a blowoff tube but the lid is still bulging!!!


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Old 11-17-2008, 08:17 PM   #2
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lol good thing i didnt decide to brew that on my first brew..


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Old 11-17-2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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Just brewed up an AHS Chocolate Stout kit this morning. After 1 1/2 hours it's coming out the lid!!! Never seen fermentation like this before. Will it settle down quickly or can it go like this for days? I rigged up a blowoff tube but the lid is still bulging!!!
It shouldn't last like that for toooo long. How warm is it? You're going to want to keep a close eye on temps with a fermentation that active.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:24 PM   #4
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Well, my fermenter is showing 85 degrees right now. should I move it outside where it's about 40 for a few hours to try to slow it down? I pitched at about 80 d.

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:26 PM   #5
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Well, my fermenter is showing 85 degrees right now. should I move it outside where it's about 40 for a few hours to try to slow it down? I pitched at about 80 d.

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That's WAY too high. That is why it is going so crazy. Crash cooling it now would shock the yeast and that wouldn't be too good either.

You want to keep it around 68 degrees for the whole brew. If you swing the temps too much though, you'll shock the yeast and they might not be too happy about what you've done to them.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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My room temp is only 67. How can I cool it down?
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:29 PM   #7
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wrap a wet towel around the carboy and put a fan on it!
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AND - don't worry. It's a great brew. You will have many MANY people tell you "I don't like dark beer" and they will ask for more.

Also - after you bottle it stick some away to taste in 2 or 3 months for a REAL treat.

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Even if you do nuke the yeast like this don't worry it'll still be drinkable. Just not as good as it should have been.
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The yeast create their own heat, so you need to monitor them or they'll get out of control sometimes. Sometimes it is 5 degrees, sometimes it is obviously a lot more.


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