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Old 01-01-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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I'm going to be brewing my first ever Brewers Best Irish Stout and I was wondering if I should use a blow off tube?

 
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:27 PM   #2
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I'm going to be brewing my first ever Brewers Best Irish Stout and I was wondering if I should use a blow off tube?
it can never hurt...

 
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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It really depends a lot on batch size and fermentor size. A blow off tube is great insurance against a blown off lid or airlock.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
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Depends on how much room you got in that carboy. If I put 5.5 gallons in a 6 gallon carboy, I use one. If I put 5.25 gallons in, I usually don't. Even if I do use one, once fermentation slows after a day or so, I swap the blowoff for an airlock. It makes cleaning those blowoff hoses much easier.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:44 PM   #5
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I'm basically looking to find out if stouts are typically boilers. I'd hate to go into a brew unprepared.

 
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:30 PM   #6
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Almost any beer can be if the ferment temp goes too high- after using an airlock that bubbled all over the floor, I've always used blow offs. Won't hurt anything, and you can avoid some issues...
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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A blow off tube is like insurance. You hope you don't have to use, but it's good to know it's there. Better to use it and not need it than not use it and need it.

 
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:39 PM   #8
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Whats the OG? From now on I will be using one on anything over 1.060

 
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:58 AM   #9
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I've kind of had a different experience then most on here. I've yet to need a blowoff after darn near thirty total batches off and on over thirteen years, most of them this year. This includes a 10% ABV tripel and numerous batches of the "explosive" hefe-weizen. From what I've seen on here warm temperatures are usually the culprit with exploding fermenters. I don't know, I guess I'll probably learn my lesson one day.

I guess if you have to ask, you should probably use the blow off tube. Just figured I'd offer some advice contradicting what you'll usually hear on here.
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