did i just ruin my batch of cider?

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beerlover556

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I am very new to brewing/fermenting and i just did up a batch of (hopefully) hard cider using 1 gallon of 100% apple juice from the store, fresh made mango puree, and 1 pound of dark brown sugar slowly bringing the whole mixture to a rolling boil until everything was smoothly blended. Then, just like i was told i poured the cooled mixture back into the original gallon juice bottle leaving a good 2'' of clearance. However, unlike my first batch i bought a packet of Cooper brewers yeast and i re-hydrated it before adding it to the cooled mixture. i am also using a home made airlock this time too. Almost immediately i had a good head forming on the top i was quite pleased with how the yeast was working until i saw it was forcing white foam thru my airlock. My concern is did i just ruin my cider batch by not leaving enough head space?
 

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Not ruined, quickly remove the airlock, wash and sanitise then put it back.
 
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Its still going and going. Should i wait for it to stop before cleaning my airlock?
 

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While its still going, its pumping out CO2 and keeping the oxygen away. So as long as you are quick, any infection risk will be negligible.
 
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I cleaned it etc. wiped the foam of that had over flowed and put it back on. Instantly foam was being forced thru it again. How often should i take it of and clean it?
 

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Maybe syphon a little of the brew out to increase head space.
 

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Maybe consider setting up a blow off tube?

See if you got some tube small enough to fit into the hole on top of your fermenter (snug fit) and run the other end into a cup or something filled with water/vodka
 

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Maybe consider setting up a blow off tube?

See if you got some tube small enough to fit into the hole on top of your fermenter (snug fit) and run the other end into a cup or something filled with water/vodka
This.

I've noticed that my cider was way more active than most of my previous beers. Not using a blow off tube is asking for trouble early on, imo.
 
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I ended up drawing off some of my cider to drop the level but its still bubbling merrily away in my air lock. Haha im not used to the sound and i spent a half hour tracking down what the heck was making that sound!
 
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