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Old 11-02-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Better Bottle Blow-off Bullcrap!

Hey guys,

I got most of my stuff from the Northern Brewer deluxe starter package with better bottles, and the blow off tube assembly is really starting to aggravate me.

(I don't know the size of the bung or the tube, but I can probably find out if needed.)

Right out of the box sliding the hose into the bung I think "Man, this bung doesn't seem to grab hold of this tube very well at all, no way that will make a good seal!"

So then you try to fit the bung into the opening in the better bottle and again I find myself saying "What a funny fit, the carboy keeps trying to push the bung back out! I bet some hardcore krausen would push that right out of there!"

...so you push it a little harder and SUCCESS! The bung is firmly in place, and it now has a good grip on the blow-off tube! Ready for the rowdiest of fermentation!

But the thing is, to get that good secure seal, the bung is almost completely crammed into the neck of the carboy and nearly impossible to remove!

I have been pulling the tube out, sanitizing the top of the bung, and then just pushing it down into my beer and removing it with the dish towel trick after racking.

...hassle

Am I doing something wrong here? There has to be a trick to make this easier.

I mean, I can't be the only one to notice this problem!

Did I just get a mismatched kit or something?

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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make sure it's not too wet and don't push it in so far. if it blows out it can blow out anything you have on the vessel, sealed bucket lids get blown off all the time. most fermentations will not blow that hard and you'll just be venting gas.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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Wet stoppers don't like to stick. Same in glass carboys.

Might try one of the Buon-vino stoppers, the intermediate size fits better bottles.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by h4mmy86
Hey guys,

I got most of my stuff from the Northern Brewer deluxe starter package with better bottles, and the blow off tube assembly is really starting to aggravate me.

(I don't know the size of the bung or the tube, but I can probably find out if needed.)

Right out of the box sliding the hose into the bung I think "Man, this bung doesn't seem to grab hold of this tube very well at all, no way that will make a good seal!"

So then you try to fit the bung into the opening in the better bottle and again I find myself saying "What a funny fit, the carboy keeps trying to push the bung back out! I bet some hardcore krausen would push that right out of there!"

...so you push it a little harder and SUCCESS! The bung is firmly in place, and it now has a good grip on the blow-off tube! Ready for the rowdiest of fermentation!

But the thing is, to get that good secure seal, the bung is almost completely crammed into the neck of the carboy and nearly impossible to remove!

I have been pulling the tube out, sanitizing the top of the bung, and then just pushing it down into my beer and removing it with the dish towel trick after racking.

...hassle

Am I doing something wrong here? There has to be a trick to make this easier.

I mean, I can't be the only one to notice this problem!

Did I just get a mismatched kit or something?
Sounds just like my setup.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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This is my Blowoff...



I need 6 gallon BBs..

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Old 11-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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So you thinks my bung is too wet and slippery?

(Insert Beavis and Butt-head reference here)

Should I be drying my bung and in the neck of the carboy for better grip? Any advice on doing so in a sanitary manner?

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I believe the ID of the opening is 1" so you can get a piece of 1" tubing from the Depot or Lowe's and just jam it in there, no bung necessary

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I believe the ID of the opening is 1" so you can get a piece of 1" tubing from the Depot or Lowe's and just jam it in there, no bung necessary
Not on better bottles.
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Not on better bottles.
No? What size is it then, I just jam tubing into the opening but I can't recall what size it is, it's been so long and I'm not home to measure it......
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This is my Blowoff...

I need 6 gallon BBs..
Lol @ this. I've never seen someone plumb a blow off. Maybe I haven't been around long enough.
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