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Offline ChrisCapePoint

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Chris from Virginia
« on: January 12, 2013, 08:56:30 PM »
`Well....I picked up my equipment today from my local home brew shop. First go at beer making (an American Pale Ale) on my own starts tomorrow...Here goes nothin!!

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 12:59:55 PM »
Good luck and welcome to your new addiction.   8)
Fermenter 1: Lite American Lager (first lager!)
Fermenter 2: empty
Keg 1: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone
Keg 2: Factory Punkin Awesome!

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 04:47:04 PM »
Best of luck with the first brew!  Don't hesitate to ask if you run into any issues or have any questions! 
On Tap - Hard Cider
Fermenting - Brown Ale, Irish Stout, Irish Red
On Deck - Kentucky Common

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 05:41:55 PM »
Best of luck with the first brew!  Don't hesitate to ask if you run into any issues or have any questions!


Since you offered... Pitched yesterday at 71 degrees (smack pack). Fermentation is fierce right now....to the point I am close to the neck of the carboy....Nothing has gotten into the airlock, but I am getting a little nervous....I may need to get a blow off tube, but can't until tomorrow.....If anything gets in the air lock, what can I do to span the gap until I get tubing for the blowoff?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 09:46:51 AM »
Really, there isn't much that you can do.  If you get anything into the airlock, just make sure that you take it out, clean, and re-sanitize.  Cover the carboy with some sanitized aluminum foil or saran wrap to limit air exposure and protect against contamination.  If the airlock gets plugged, pressure can build up pretty quickly and cause a blow-out.  Pretty messy.
Fermenter 1: Lite American Lager (first lager!)
Fermenter 2: empty
Keg 1: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone
Keg 2: Factory Punkin Awesome!

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 03:10:49 PM »
Really, there isn't much that you can do.  If you get anything into the airlock, just make sure that you take it out, clean, and re-sanitize.  Cover the carboy with some sanitized aluminum foil or saran wrap to limit air exposure and protect against contamination.  If the airlock gets plugged, pressure can build up pretty quickly and cause a blow-out.  Pretty messy.

Thanks a bunch for the help.....I think crisis has been averted......In ended up with just a tiny bid of residue in the airlock, so I took it off (covered the plug as you said), cleaned and replaced it.....Luckily, it never clogged....lock is bubbling quite nicely.

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 03:17:30 PM »
Good to hear.  I once had a blow-out using a plastic bottling bucket --and that's when I got banished to the garage.   ;D
Fermenter 1: Lite American Lager (first lager!)
Fermenter 2: empty
Keg 1: Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone
Keg 2: Factory Punkin Awesome!

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 04:55:21 PM »
Chris - what size carboy are you using for your primary fermenter - a 5 gallon or 6.5 gallon?  If you are using a 5 gallon, I would suggest moving up to 6.5 for your primary and using a 5 gallon for your secondary.  This should help reduce the chance of the krausen finding its way into the airlock during the heavy fermentation period. 
On Tap - Hard Cider
Fermenting - Brown Ale, Irish Stout, Irish Red
On Deck - Kentucky Common

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Re: Chris from Virginia
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 06:30:55 PM »
Thanks mcliff...I went with the 6.5 for that exact reason!

 

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