Seems excessive!!!!!

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    Hi all,
    Brand new to this!!
    My wine started bubbling a bit last night and this morning was over the wall and flopr in luding thick red sludge on the towels I had placed on top of FV.
    I have had to remove air-lock as also bunged up with sludge.
    So what am I doing wrong?!
     
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    Air-Lock was half filled with water as per instructions!!
     
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    Not enough head space. First week of wine fermentation can be a bit crazy so you need loads of headspace.
     
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    Welcome to your first blowout. Mine managed to hit the ceiling overnight, Notty it was if I recall correctly. Luckily it was ale, didn't leave much of a trace :mrgreen:

    Rule of thumb (for me at least) is 25% headroom.
     
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    So should the wine still be OK, and I take it I should replace the air-lock?!
     
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    If you have two airlocks then sanitise the second one, put water in the bend and replace the one in there; but only after you are sure that it's not still sending out foam.

    If you only have the one airlock I would leave it in place for now and put some water back in the bend while I went out and bought another airlock.

    In the future I would use a Blow-Off tube as per the one in the photograph.

    Enjoy. :thumb:

    Bubble Tube.jpg
     
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    The wine will be fine as the CO2 will have protected it.

    Only fill the DJ to the shoulder and top up later when you have racked for clearing.
     
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    Thanks everyone!!
     
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    I had this for the first time on my 7th brew (red wine kit)! Bit of a shock isn't it :lol:
     
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    Yeah, especially with Magnolia walls!!!!!
     
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    Just tell the missus it's a new tester pot of paint from the diy store......:doh:
     

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