First, thanks so much for giving me advice brother.
But no, I followed the kit perfectly, (Although I had read in “The Joy of Homebrewing” about the blow-off hose) and it never mentioned making a starting solution and just throw on the Fermentation lock…and like I said I threw it on about 4PM, and stuck in in a corner in my basement, then had a few beers with buddies until we heard the “Pop” and found an overflowing fermenter.
After i put the lock back on, it was bubbling pretty good and now it letting off a bubble about 1 every 30 seconds…I am not sure if I screwed it all up BC according to what i have read it should be doing more than this right now…
Is it possible I lost some of the yeast in the explosion?
Stupid beer not listening to what i say…
Thanks again for your help man.[/quote]
No problem, glad I can help.
I forgot you were using a kit. Did you use a powdered yeast, perhaps in a little golden packet? If it’s from a kit it’s probably a US Ale yeast. These tend to ferment faster than liquid yeasts, so what you’re experiencing is normal.
The vigourous fermentation is usually over very quickly, sometimes within hours. You probably didn’t lose much yeast. 1 bubble per 30 seconds is a little bit on the slow side, but not abnormal. You might do a gravity reading in the next day or two…as long as it’s dropping close to your target gravity you’re fine.
Are you fermenting in a glass carboy, or plastic bucket? If it’s glass, you should see a layer of sediment starting to form on the bottom.
You didn’t mention if you were doing a secondary fermentation, or just doing the primary fermentation and then transferring to a bottling bucket. In both cases, make sure you keep your siphon away from the bottom of the vessel so you avoid transferring all the yeast sediment. The less of this sediment you transfer, the better your beer will taste and it’ll be easier to clean your bottles.
Later this afternoon I’m going on a business trip and will be away from the computer for a few days, so if you have any specific questions check out the “homebrewing” section of BeerAdvocate.com. There are a lot of guys there who have been at this far longer than me who can answer any questions you have.
One last tip…it’s tempting to crack open a bottle prematurely, but let them sit and bottle ferment for at least an extra week or two above and beyond what the kit instructions say. The beer will taste better.