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Jen720

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I am an exteremly novice homebrewer. Currently working on my 3rd batch, the previous 2 were very successul.

Here's my problem: I started an IPA last Wednesday (4 days ago), I used liquid yeast, lots of malt, and of course hops and grains. The guy at the local brew post put the IPA kit together for me. I use starter equipment, 5 gallon high-grade plastic pail with a 3-piece arilock. The airlock has been bobbing up and down, per usual, and it smells great & hoppy in the room. BUT when I walked in this morning the lid had blown off and the beer had been exposed. The lid was open on one side and still sealed on the other side, leaving a 4-5 inch opening in front. ALso, the airlock has liquid (beer & yeast) in it.

CAn I still salvage this brew? Did I do something wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help!!

Jen
 

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You had a very active ferment, and your bucket couldn't handle the pressure. Shouldn't be a big deal. Just pull your airlock and clean it out, then seal everything back up. If you read around on here, you'll see that this happens quite often.

Best of luck, and welcome to the forum!

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Searches are awesome!!!

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1038

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=951

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=713

There are more out there too!

The common theme I'm getting at is this happens frequently. If you search for "blow-off" tube either here or on the web, you'll find how to make one.

BTW, your beer should be fine. This happens all the time and many people are reporting back in a few weeks saying its the best beer they've ever had!
Just be glad you aren't cleaning the ceiling. :rolleyes:
 
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Jen720

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Thanks guys! I just cleaned the airlock and surrounding area...it left quite a mess, but at least it did not reach the ceiling!! I already feel better, I hated to think about the wasted time and money. I live in a small mountain town (Flagstaff, AZ) and the only brew-shop in town is closed on Sundays. Glad I found this forum.

Thanks again!

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I find it odd that you 'poped the top' after four days... seems that this should happen the first day. Well, unless something jumps in there, it will still be o.k. since the carbon dioxide will coat the top and keep the air out. Completely salvageable as it seems you have discovered from reading the posts OrElse provided.
 
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