O.k. Maybe not “exploded” but it did definitely made one helluva mess! :!:
I made the White House Honey Ale in that 1 gallon starter kit and followed the directions as best I could. After placing the filled 1 gallon carboy in the closet where it is dark and cool at about 11pm last night I woke up to find it had blown out the middle piece of the airlock and was foaming all over the place. I didn’t panic, unlike my girlfriend, and simply pulled the airlock and placed a tube in it instead, covered it with tinfoil, and placed the other end in a growler with some water in it (I saw a video earlier that this was the best solution). I hope this works/saves my first brew.
My questions are: :?:
- Do I go back to the airlock setup after I give it a chance to “calm down”?
- Why does this happen? How can I prevent it next time?
- I may have put in too much yeast. The directions say half the packet but I think I was a little closer to 5/8 - 3/4 the packet. Could this have been it?
- I also may have put too much liquid in the airlock, might that have something to do with it?
Any info would be awesome, I’ve searched the forum but couldn’t find a really good answer for my questions.