Blow Off Tube

A quick reminder that the warmer summer temperatures make for faster fermentations. If your yeast burns through the primary fermentation and then stops, don’t be alarmed. It is perfectly normal at this time of year and will be for a couple more months.

Because of these fast fermentations you may need a blow-off tube on your primary regardless of the style of beer brewed. Please be sure to be around for the first 2-3 days of your primary fermentation. If you brew a beer and then take off for a few days and come home to a blown lid then you have a bigger mess on your hands than coming home from work and finding a freshly blown lid from a vigorous fermentation.

Just keep a close eye on all your beers while the temperatures are warmer. And if your primary shares space with all your clothing in your closet then Please keep close tabs on it. A sugary explosion all over your clothes is no fun to clean up.

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Published in: on August 2, 2008 at 12:49 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. I woke up to find my plastic bucket lid cracked open, the blow off tube full of beer and some splatter all around. It’s all cleaned up, the lid is back on now. I’m just wondering how bad the chance of contamination is now. Is there a way to find out if the beer is contaminated before I bottle it?

    Thanks
    Mark

  2. Mark,
    Sadly the only way to know if it’s contaminated for sure is to taste it when you bottle.
    Good Luck!
    -Mike/SF Brewcraft

  3. sorry for the outdated rookie question (hopefully you’ll get notice), but i had an overflow and rigged up a blowoff tube with the tube in the kit and some sanitized saranwrap and tape around the border. i ran the tube into a sanitized beer bottle and cooking pot, as the bottle quickly filled with foam and liquid. is there a better way to attach a blowoff tube? none of the rubber stoppers i had allowed the tube in.
    thanks guys!


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