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Old 01-21-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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Well tonight while I was organizing my homebrew equipment I was inspecting my bottling bucket and bucket fermenter and lids. I made sure they fit snug and the seals were in good shape and then when I started to peel them off I started thinking to myself there has got to be an easier way to remove these lids without breaking my fingers! So my question is, has anybody figured out a way to easily install and remove plastic bucket lids?

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Old 01-21-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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have you cut out the perforations around the side of the lid? there are usually a bunch of "thin vertical lines" on the very outside circumfrence of the plastic lid. some products purchased in plastic pails require that these perforations be cut to remove the lid although it is not necessary to cut them on all lids, it may make removal easyer. i have not cut mine, as i fear this will interfear with the seal. it probably wont, but i dont mind the extra effort.

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Old 01-21-2007, 02:52 AM   #3
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I cover my fermentor with plastic wrap. As soon as primary fermentation dies down, I rack to secondary, which is a better bottle.

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Here you go:

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You know they cost about $4 at the brew shop, but only $2 at the DIY box stores (Menards/Lowe's/Home Depot).

It's the same opener for 5 gal paint buckets and 1/2 the price.

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Old 01-21-2007, 04:18 AM   #6
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have you cut out the perforations around the side of the lid? there are usually a bunch of "thin vertical lines" on the very outside circumfrence of the plastic lid. some products purchased in plastic pails require that these perforations be cut to remove the lid although it is not necessary to cut them on all lids, it may make removal easyer. i have not cut mine, as i fear this will interfear with the seal. it probably wont, but i dont mind the extra effort.
I have not cut perforations because of the same reason. I don't want to ruin the airtight seal. I am going to look into one of the bucket opening tools, I didnt know they made those.
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Old 01-21-2007, 04:21 AM   #7
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1 word (with a bunch of extra characters so I dont get a you didnt post enuff error . . . ok that should be enuff)

carboys

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Old 01-21-2007, 04:23 AM   #8
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I got a blue plastic bucket opener at Lowes or Home Depot for a buck and had to shave the claw down a little with a file to hook the edge properly on a food bucket / fermenter. Still, not bad for a dollar and it pops open a lid as easy as nothing.

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I can't stand those lids... I only brewed once with my plastic bucket fermenters... I went out the next day and bought carboys... if theres a better way to get them off I may have to get those buckets out of the closet...

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Another option is these:

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/gam...d_products.asp

For $9, it may be worth it to you.

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