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Postby mr.gbu » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:45 pm

So I brewed a batch of amber ale at my brothers pad about 2 weeks ago today the weather been up and down lately but he guaranteed me that the garage was a cool place to store it. today he sends me this pic Below it had exploded from the stopper got every where has this happen to anyone before? I'm taking in consideration that temp could have been at fault here I'm also considering that the beer was too sugary possibly? I didn't get the og reading for it at the time. Can anyone tell me what might have caused this ?

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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby CA_Mouse » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:20 pm

Just an overly happy fermentation. We've all seen this from time to time. A blow off tube instead of an airlock can prevent this from going everywhere. There are several reasons this can happen. Not enough headspace in your carboy, pitching too much yeast (not very likely, but possible) and slightly warm temperature during fermentation are just a few.Keeping your fermentation temperatures steady and in the mid-60s (for ales) usually will keep this from occurring or you can always add foam control to your fermenter just before pitching (I've heard from some that this can kill head retention, but haven't added it to the fermenter myself).
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby pclemon » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:07 am

CA_Mouse wrote:There are several reasons this can happen. Not enough headspace in your carboy, pitching too much yeast (not very likely, but possible) and slightly warm temperature during fermentation are just a few.


Would also add that yeast strains differ in the amount of krausen they produce as well. And as you suggested in the OP, a very high gravity starting point can also make for a much more vigorous fermentation. This has happened to most of us at one point or another.

In terms of the foam control, I use it in the boil kettle - so I assume some of it makes it's way over to the finished product - and have NO issues with head retention at all. YMMV if used in fermentation.
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby mr.gbu » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:04 am

Thanks guys I had a feeling it had something to do with the og and having a violent fermentation lol I ended up tossing it , it seemed like it sat like this for a few days and smelled funny
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby BrewBum » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:13 am

Did you taste it?

Never toss a beer until you give it time and taste. I set on beers for months sometimes and they improve or get worse but only then will I dump it.

It won't hurt you, no know pathogens can survive in beer so it is complete safe to drink, just might not taste well.
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby pclemon » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:02 am

The funny smell was more likely the yeast and other stuff that was spilled all over the floor.
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby tookalisten » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:49 pm

I agree, never toss one until you give it time. I too am betting the smell was from the yeast.
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby turbo_ale » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:53 pm

I have used foam control in the primary fermenter, up to four drops for a 5 gallon batch, no problems with head retention. I only do this if I think there will be a blow-off issue, like no temp control, certain yeast strains.
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby mr.gbu » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:27 am

Didn't get to taste it, wasn't around when it got tossed :(
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Re: reason why this would happen?

Postby Brewtime » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:48 am

mr.gbu wrote:Didn't get to taste it, wasn't around when it got tossed :(


I have tossed a few beers in my day but only after month after it has been kegged and it does not improve. Too much time put into it not to let it feed the grass outside.
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