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Keep it in for as long as there's a large krausen (the foam on top of the beer.) You can then choose to remove it and replace with an airlock or you can leave in until the end of fermentation and you're ready to rack. If you do remove it and replace with an airlock, there is potentially a risk of contamination, but not much if you sanitize all the airlock ...


You essentially have four options: 1) Use a blow off tube. Advantage: Easy to do. Disadvantage: You risk losing some beer. 2) Find a bigger vessel. Advantage: No beer lost. Disadvantage: You need to find a bigger vessel. 3) Use a foam suppressor like Fermcap. Advantage: You'll lose less beer than with a blowoff. Disadvantage: Some people don't like ...


I can think of 2 things...it might be CO2 coming from the airlock. It might also be fusel alcohols from fermenting at such high temps. In spite of what Chris White says, my own experience is that my beers come out much better fermenting at lower temps. Don't let someone else tell you what to do when your own experience says otherwise! It might also be a ...


Unfortunately, whenever I use a blow off hose I ended up tossing it when I was done because its tough to clean. Rather than just an hour try overnight and make sure you are starting with warm/hot water. PBW is pretty powerful stuff especially when its warm.


There is no harm on having the blow off tube. You could use it during the whole ferment If you want. As for avoiding it, the only ways are to use a bigger vessel as you said, or make less beer.


Very active yeast and/or an overfull fermentor. You could also have the tube jammed too far into the fermentor. It just needs to be in far enough to not get forced out from the pressure. Some yeast just habitualy blow-off a lot, too. I had 2.5 gallons of starter wort and Wyeast 3787 in a 5 gallon carboy that blew off a little bit. Everyone I know has ...


I've always used a tube that was biggest enough to fit snug into the neck of the carboy with no stopper. I use a standard mix of sanitizer and a pot/bucket with enough in it sitting at the right height so that the open end of the tube is submerged. That's pretty much all you need to do. What you have in the pics is just fine. You're goal is to have some ...


You should be using a 6+ gallon carboy for a 5 gallon batch of beer for this reason. There needs to be enough room for the thing to kreusen up without blowing everything out.


A lot of brewers use silicone tubing for hot liquids, but there's no reason aside from cost not to use it for racking as well. That will take if the tubing part but you've still got to deal with the racking cane which is rigid. Copper or stainless tubing could be bent into the correct shape.


That's a question that's been debated with no definitive answer. Some say it's better to blow off the braun hefe becasue of the bitterness it might contribute. Others say it's better to use a larger fermenter so you don't lose yeast. There really is no right or wrong answer other than "try it each way and decide for yourself".


So.... after reading brewchez's comments about giving PRB another chance, and after a long look at my carboy brush I had a realization: that bend in the carboy brush could be.... unbent. Easily. And so, after a 2 hour soaking and rinsing, I shoved the now straight carboy brush in, swirled about, hit it from the other end, and wouldn't you know: clean as the ...

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