Help!!! My Yeast has gone mad! Need advice quick!

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Help!!! My Yeast has gone mad! Need advice quick!

Postby zeno » Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:46 pm

Ok, I just put my winter warmer in brew Sunday. Now the yeast is starting to bubble into the airlock!

I have seen some info about how this is bad, and how to make an alternate airlock. Unfortunately, my current airlock is stuck in the stopper, and I have no more holed stoppers to make the airlock go down to a bowl of water like I have read.

It's not a "double bouble" airlock, it's the tube with a cup over it that you fill half way with water..

Is this going to screw up my beer? When does this type of activity start affecting my beer?

Thanks as always!
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It happens...

Postby Sisu » Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:33 pm

That happens with high gravity beers sometimes. I'm brewing a Trappist-style ale right now that
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No Worries

Postby BillyBock » Wed Nov 12, 2003 5:38 pm

Zeno, you could also just remove the airlock, clean up the opening, and place a sanitized piece of foil over the opening. Replace the clean airlock when activity gets back to normal. The good thing is that it's active, so there's plenty of CO2 being pushed out of the fermenter to help keep nasties out. This happened to me on an IPA--it clogged the airlock, and so much pressure built up it blew the lid off the bucket (good thing it wasn't a carboy). That was some of the best beer I've made. Active ferments are a good thing. Don't worry.

v/r
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Amen Billy

Postby fitz » Thu Nov 13, 2003 3:51 am

I had a really bad "gusher on a Belgian Triple last year. Fortunately I have several airlocks(they are quite cheap) and I hooked a transfer tube over the plastic tube coming through the middle of the airlock. I then put it in a vase of water on the floor. when the activity slowed, I replaced the rest of the airlock.
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I tried that...

Postby zeno » Thu Nov 13, 2003 7:57 am

Unfortunately my tubing was too small.. I ended up pulling the cork out, removing the airlock, and replacing it with a tube that could reach the water on the floor.

I don't know exactly how long it took, but it was just a few minuts. Hopefully it didn't hurt anything. I couldn't go to sleep with Sisu's images of exploding carboys running through my head though.
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If You

Postby fitz » Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:40 am

If you had enough fermentation to come up through your airlock, you had a blanket of CO2 protecting your beer. No worries.
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