Real active fermentation

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  1. Josh Hughes

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    Question about active fermentation. My second solo brew. My carboy and air lock have been going nuts. I brewed Thursday evening and it’s still going strong. Last night I had to take out the air lock and clean/re-save itinerary since it was full of beer. Today it’s full again. What do I do? I should have done a blow off tube when I put it in the fermenter. Do I need to do that now or it my serious action almost over. It’s only a 1 gallon batch. On a side note the beer I cleaned out smelled like good hoppy beer lol
     
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    Either swap out the airlock with a blow off tube, or have a spare air lock ready to swap out when it gets messy.
    Sounds like fermentation will likely settle down soon.
    How much head space did you have in the fermenter?
     
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    This is why I always start fermentation with blow off tubes instead of air locks. After things calm down, then I switch out the blow off tubes for air locks. My fermentations of 1.5 gallons are evenly divided between 2 one gallon glass carboys, which provides ample head space.
     
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    Yes I go blowoff first as well.

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    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    I had this happen a long time ago, like two years or so. IMG_20180818_0828098.jpg
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    I was pushing the envelope to maximize batch size, was trying to get 6 gallons...
     
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    And the envelope pushed back
     
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    Looks like you did not have a full blow out, and you have a way to contain any mess should a full blow out occur.
     
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    No change in a while other than bubbles of course.
     
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    How did it taste?
     
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    All good now. Past the violent stuff
     
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    I should seriously start doing the same thing! It never matters in my Fast Fermenters as there is a ton of headspace but my other fermenter often needs a blowoff tube!
     
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    I ordered another gallon carboy
     
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    That was 2 years ago, don't really remember, I think it was fine.
     

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