At the end of March, I brewed a batch of one of my "house beers" - Frolicking Friar. It's the famous Revvy clone recipe for Leffe Blonde, which, incidentally, is a delicious beer. I will admit to having a bit of a soft spot for this particular brew, as my mind combines two of my biggest interests in it - beer and Disney World. You see, I had this beer for the first time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival back in 2011, which opened my eyes to Belgian beers.
At any rate, I brewed this beer (with the help of my three little boys) at the end of March, with the intention of leaving it in primary for four weeks. My primary fermentation chamber (a mini fridge/STC-1000 temp controller combo) was occupied with the lagering of a bock, so I pulled my Mother of a Fermentation Chamber out of mothballs and put it to work. I discovered anew what a beast WLP530 is; I had gotten spoiled by not needing a blowoff with other beers, thanks to temperature control, but the 530 was having none of that (hello, foamover!). So, I converted my airlock to a blowoff (by connecting a hose to the inner valve of the airlock), dunked the other end into a big bowl of starsan, and once fermentation was done, I promptly forgot about it.
Experienced brewers may note that I did not mention swapping back to an airlock or changing out the blowoff bowl, and know where this is going.
Four weeks stretched into six, thanks to the chaos of baseball season (with four boys playing) and having a new baby around the house. I wasn't concerned, though; I've left beers in primary with no ill effect for far longer than six weeks.
Three weeks ago, I decided to stop procrastinating and go bottle my beer. That Saturday night, I opened my fermentation chamber to the scene...
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posted by Brulosopher on 6/02/2014 at 06:17:35 PM
So what would you have done differently? After the blow-off, should a brewer replace the dirty airlock with a clean one? I'd like to learn from your experience.
posted by Springlanding on 7/06/2014 at 08:08:19 PM
After the blow-off, I should have indeed replaced the dirty airlock with a clean one. I certainly should not have left the blowoff vessel full of nasty byproducts. Also, I should have wiped down the carboy with a soapy cloth, then repeated until it was more or less clean.
Leaving the junk behind was a mistake, for sure!
posted by homebrewadad on 1/10/2015 at 10:11:18 PM
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