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Old 08-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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I've got 2 rather new fermenters maybe a total of 10 batches combined. I can't get a air tight seal on either one anymore. I've pulled the seals and cleaned the lid and o ring. When I ferment in them I get no airlock activity. I assume the air is leaking past the seals. Is there anything I can do to help these things seal up tight?



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Old 08-09-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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You might try putting on a few layers of tape as a last ditch effect. Is it possible to replace the lids?



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Don't even worry about the seal. The nasties only fall. They cannot crawl up under the lid and squeeze through to get to your beer. The only thing missing will be bubbles in your airlock.

I prefer Better Bottles because the stopper seals well, you can see what is happening, there is no lid to wrestle on and off and they are lighter and safer than glass carboys.

I also feel they are easy to clean - even easier than a bucket. Soak in oxyclean. rinse, add some hot water and a washcloth, swirl, rinse some more and done.

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Thanks for the advice. I like better bottles too. But the buckets fit better in my ferm fridge. A couple inches shorter. Just was wondering if anyone had the same problems with the buckets?

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Hi all..
Im a newb at this and im just going to do my first stout kit in a bucket ( not confident enough to go mashing yet ) . Anyway reading this and a lot of other posts and they all go down the root of open fermentation with the lid just resting on top so guessing this is a safe way BUT.
how do you know when things are ready?
Ive got no hole in my lid so was contemplating as to wether I should cut one or not..
So I guess sealing the bucket isnt a problem but haven't got the experience under my belt to do it that way..
Going to get me a coopers stout this weekend so is it a hole or no hole.
Or
Follow the instructions to the T and hope for the best???
Any advice would MOST appreciated ..
Tia

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Could always try using some keg lube on the seal to get it to actually seal. I know it gets used on keg seals so I would think it would help out some.

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Is there anything I can do to help these things seal up tight?
Yes. Forget about sealing them and stop relying on an airlock for activity. Instead, get a thermowell for your controller probe and control the temp of the beer rather than teh fridge.
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Hi all..
Im a newb at this and im just going to do my first stout kit in a bucket ( not confident enough to go mashing yet ) . Anyway reading this and a lot of other posts and they all go down the root of open fermentation with the lid just resting on top so guessing this is a safe way BUT.
how do you know when things are ready?
Ive got no hole in my lid so was contemplating as to wether I should cut one or not..
So I guess sealing the bucket isnt a problem but haven't got the experience under my belt to do it that way..
Going to get me a coopers stout this weekend so is it a hole or no hole.
Or
Follow the instructions to the T and hope for the best???
Any advice would MOST appreciated ..
Tia
You will definitely need some sort of vent in your lid. If it is sealed and fermentation occurs like it should you will build too much pressure up and blow the lid off the bucket expelling all the pressure and a fair amount of your fermenting beer.
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BUT. How do you know when things are ready?Tia
Simple. Like checking on something in the oven. You lift the lid and take a peek. Risk of infection is nil lest you live in a sewage plant.
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Ok brew in lid on ( resting ) with a weight.. Don't realy fancy coming home with a cat floating in it.. figure that might increase the risk of infection.
Only ever done 1 gal airlock brewing.
Coopers stout it is then. My first 5 gal brew.



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