What not to do: Don’t leave a muslin bag filled with hops in your fermenter.
But first the good news.
Day two of this batch and fermentation was a thing of beauty. I needed that blow-off tube after all. The blow-off bucket was a riotous mess of activity. The tube was filthy with blasted out krausen. The water at the terminal end of my tube was no longer clear but muddy brown. And I could smell hints of banana and clove as the Weinstephan yeast did its thing.
After five days of steady bubbling I started taking hydrometer readings. The concoction was cooperating. The gravity was dropping consistently from 1.050 down through 1.020 to 1.016. I was thrilled....