Thar she blows!

For 48 hours, I had not touched/bothered/acknowledged my primary fermentation. Within a few hours of pitching the yeast, my airlock was bubbling away, so I thought the best thing to do would be to leave it alone and let the little yeast-ies do their business.

Curiosity getting the better of me, I made my way over to the bucket and noticed something was a little off…

The airlock, which had been halfway-filled with sanitized water, was now filled with an amber liquid.

Small sticky circles splattered the top and one side of the opaque white bucket… and the distinct odor of beer hovered above the airlock.

All indications pointed to a very active fermentation – and the last time I would ever use an airlock. Everything looked fine, so I cleaned off the airlock and replaced it with a blow off tube setup.

Small mess, but an active fermentation.

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~ by brewdaddy on September 1, 2009.

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