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Old 08-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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If made a bunch of these, for around $1.10 each. Took a gallon pickle jar, drilled a hole for a gasket and popped in an air lock. I plan to use them for small batch experiments and what not. All you have to buy is the gasket and the air lock. Cheers!

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I actually really like that, especially compared with the 1 gallon wine jugs I've seen people use. Thanks for the tip.

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Old 08-13-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's pretty BA. I'm going to do that next time I want to do a small batch.

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clever. I'm thinking small batch meads. thank you for sharing.

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If you were able to get pickle smell out of the lid, then you're a better man than I. The wife and I make pickles all the time, and our Mason Jars are dedicated pickle jars now.

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I suppose you could make a starter in there...lol

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If you were able to get pickle smell out of the lid, then you're a better man than I. The wife and I make pickles all the time, and our Mason Jars are dedicated pickle jars now.

I got the smell out of the jar fairly easily after a couple soaks in PBW, but the lid was another issue. On the advice of a friend, I put the lids in a shallow dish of water in the sun all day and let the UV do the trick. Worked like a charm. I was struggling with getting the smell out of the lid until he suggested it.
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If made a bunch of these, for around $1.10 each. Took a gallon pickle jar, drilled a hole for a gasket and popped in an air lock. I plan to use them for small batch experiments and what not. All you have to buy is the gasket and the air lock. Cheers!
We have been doing this for awhile for small batches of wine. We got started because we ran out of 1 gallon jugs that we were using. This has been working great. What I like about this is that you suggested where to get that gallon jar. It is a quick, easy, and cheap fix. Thanks for sharing.
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awesome idea. Thanks!

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I got the smell out of the jar fairly easily after a couple soaks in PBW, but the lid was another issue. On the advice of a friend, I put the lids in a shallow dish of water in the sun all day and let the UV do the trick. Worked like a charm. I was struggling with getting the smell out of the lid until he suggested it.
Nod. The glass is nonreactive and not an issue. I'll try the water-in-the-sun trick on the lid! Thanks!
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