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Old 01-21-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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Does the tubing you purchased fit over the inner shaft of the airlock?


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Old 01-21-2009, 10:00 PM   #12
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no it doesn't


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Old 01-21-2009, 10:15 PM   #13
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I think you need a wider hose, but then maybe a wider hole in your lid.

How big is that carboy? Doesn't Brewhouse recommend 10 gallons or something? Also, if you added all the water as per instructions, you're making six (US) gallons, not five, which gives you less space.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #14
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I think you need a wider hose, but then maybe a wider hole in your lid.

How big is that carboy? Doesn't Brewhouse recommend 10 gallons or something? Also, if you added all the water as per instructions, you're making six (US) gallons, not five, which gives you less space.
Yes they do recommend a 10 Imp. gal fermenter and I have a 6. I've done many many brew house throughout the years and never had an issue. The difference this time is the addition of 1 kg malt!

The kit is 15 liters and you add 8 liters of water like the instructions say and that 23 liters or 5 gallons. You had me worried for a sec there.

Yes I should have picked up a bigger tube but you'd figure my guy would know this?

I think I'm heading back out there again
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:38 PM   #15
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Its much better to use the airlock and place a 5/8 inch OD x 1/2 inch ID hose onto that. Its a much bigger hose and will not clog nearly as easy. You can get it at Home Depot/Lowes. Check this out: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/airl...ng-over-95581/
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:15 AM   #16
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OK so I didn't make it to the LBS and got to look around the house for a bigger tube. Found a 3/4 tube I got this summer for lawn irrigation and cut a length I could use. It fit's the hole on the lid perfectly!

So here's a picture of the tube going into the jar...



As you can see, the bubble monster still wants out of the jar and I would have to empty it every 10 - 15 minutes or have a mess to clean up! Not good enough.

The final solution is this....

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Now the jar can overflow into the laundry sink (which is used for my homebrewing only) and down the drain




I think this would have happened with a 10 gallon bucket also. It's so aggressive... it's got a life of it's own!
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+1 to a blow off immediately.

You should always use a blow off for at least the first 4 days to a week. If you want to use an airlock go for it but you are at risk of blowing the top right now as the pressure cannot escape like it is supposed to.

also +1 to just putting tubing on the center piece of the airlock and running it into a container with water in it. Search blow off if you are unsure how to do so.
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+1 to a blow off immediately.

You should always use a blow off for at least the first 4 days to a week. If you want to use an airlock go for it but you are at risk of blowing the top right now as the pressure cannot escape like it is supposed to.

also +1 to just putting tubing on the center piece of the airlock and running it into a container with water in it. Search blow off if you are unsure how to do so.
HA HA H AH AHA i opened a **** ton of tabs in IE and then put the computer to sleep. Got to work and went through the tabs and posted based on the posts at the time sorry for the late ass post ha ha ha ha ha
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:10 PM   #20
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That is one heck of a fermentation! How much headspace was between the top of the beer and bottom of lid when you pitched the yeast? Unfortunately you're loosing quite a bit of brew there. Next time more headspace.


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