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I heard a *thunk* when I was sitting on the couch. I immediately turned to the cats who were both sleeping in a location where they couldn’t possibly have made the noise. I couldn’t figure out what it was until Chris and I went downstairs to check out the beer. The wheat had barfed all over itself.

Let me clarify for those of you who arent brewers; wheat has proteins in it. These proteins create this layer of spooge on top of the fermenter because they maintain the surface tension on the bubbles. It then can float into the fermentation lock and because the bubbles float slowly and eventually pop, they create clogs. Enough gas pressure gets stuck behind the clog and BOOM! You get protein bubble spooge everywhere. (This can be solved if you take your wife’s advice and put a blow off tube on the carboy, which would not clog and thus…).

So, we wiped the carboy up, put a new fermentation lock on, and put a clean towel around it. It is now on a diet of gingerale and saltines for a few days, but we expect it to make a full recovery.

–Cindy

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