In my last post about ‘Keeping it Clean’ I discussed the importance of cleaning your brewing equipment. To all the brewers that are now using alkaline cleaners instead of dish soap, you made my day; your brew will thank you.
Dirt and microbes are the mortal enemy of every brewer – but proper cleaning and sanitizing can take your beer from good to great!
Q: Can one have too many carboys?
A: No, one can only have too few.
If you ask my wife, I have plenty of brewing equipment, perhaps too much, as there is no room for the 60lb. bags of cat litter anymore in our basement. But is the storage of cat litter, paper towels, or holiday knick-knacks more worthy of basement shelf real estate compared to happy fermenting, or otherwise on-deck carboys?
A blow off assembly is a length of tubing which is attached to your primary fermentor to allow excess yeast and foam (krausen) to escape. During an especially active fermentation, the krausen can fill the entire head space of a fermentor. Without a place for this foam to go, it can create quite a mess. An airlock can become clogged, but a blow off assembly allows krausen to be expelled from the fermentor while still making sure that nothing gets in. One end of the blow off is inserted into the fermentor, and the other end is submerged in sanitizer in an open jug or bucket. Keeping the end of the blow off tube below the surface of the sanitizer will keep a positive seal in the fermentor. There are several different types of blow off tubing assemblies depending on the type of fermentor.
A 1″ ID blow off hose fits glass carboys. 1.25″ Blow-off hose for older style Acid Carboys.
The PET Blow-off Assembly is for narrow-neck PET plastic carboy that use a #10 stopper.
The Fermenator Blow off assembly is for Fermentators
A length of ⅜” siphon tubing can be inserted into a bucket lid by removing the airlock and grommet if needed as well.