Originally Posted by JLo
I was just concerned about contamination issues during fermentation.
What's going on inside during
fermentation doesn't matter as it's all closed up and nothing's getting in, right? It just looks like that VV is a pretty ideal fit for your fermentation chamber; seems a shame to give up prematurely. I've been using VV for years and haven't had an infected batch (that wasn't intentional) yet.
One cleaning process I do suggest (I do mine 2x a year) is to remove the top ring the lid screws into. Invert the VV in REALLY hot water for 5 minutes and the ring will pull off easily. Then you can clean it and the gasket underneath.