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Old 12-08-2010, 05:13 PM   #91
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OT a bit, but do those carboy caps lose elasticity after multiple uses? Trying to determine if I get some more of the brewers hardware sanke conversion kits or go this route...
I've had my same two caps for about 6 years, and the one for the 5 gallon carboy gets usec twice for every batch I make (once when racking from primary to secondary and then again when racking from secondary to keg or bottling bucket). It 's basically still as good as new.

edit: then again, I am not stretching mine over a sanke port.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:18 PM   #92
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OT a bit, but do those carboy caps lose elasticity after multiple uses? Trying to determine if I get some more of the brewers hardware sanke conversion kits or go this route...
Mine's < 1 yr old, but has not lost elasticity. Really, though, even if it lost it's viability after a year, for $2.50 I'd say it's worth it.
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I probably should have read all of the threads, but I don't have much time, so sorry if this has been asked already. I read in "Brew Wares" that you can invert your carboy with a carboy cap and use it as a kind of conical fermenter. Drain the yeast through the center tube after fermentation and prevent the need for a secondary carboy. Have you heard of this (or already talked about it)?

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I probably should have read all of the threads, but I don't have much time, so sorry if this has been asked already. I read in "Brew Wares" that you can invert your carboy with a carboy cap and use it as a kind of conical fermenter. Drain the yeast through the center tube after fermentation and prevent the need for a secondary carboy. Have you heard ofnthis (or already talked about it)?
woah. Never heard of that. Sounds a bit risky to me.
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you can invert your carboy with a carboy cap and use it as a kind of conical fermenter
Can't imagine it would seal properly.
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Thanks for the info Walker. Now I have to go buy a few for my BBs.

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Old 12-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #97
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I probably should have read all of the threads, but I don't have much time, so sorry if this has been asked already. I read in "Brew Wares" that you can invert your carboy with a carboy cap and use it as a kind of conical fermenter. Drain the yeast through the center tube after fermentation and prevent the need for a secondary carboy. Have you heard of this (or already talked about it)?
Like the others said, I've never heard of this, and I also doubt it would seal well.

There's the other problem of how to let the gas out. You'd have to shove a racking cane all the way in so that the gas could could come down and out of the cane and cap when it was inverted.

Sounds like a real pain in the ass to me.

Now, I *have* heard of something, years ago, that was meant to take a carboy and let you invert it to use like a half-ass conical, but I can't remember what exactly that thing was. It was not the carboy cap, of that I am sure.
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Thanks for the info Walker. Now I have to go buy a few for my BBs.
I don't know if they fit on BB's. Anyone know if they do?
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I saw this in "brew ware" book, which actually has some really good ideas and images on how to make your own....well...brew ware. It looked just like a carboy cap although they called it something else like beer cap. They did insert a vinyl tube through it to vent the air out of the top. The other end went into a pitcher of water like you'd use a blow off tube. They then suggest you can just release the other opening (I assume they rigged some sort of clamp on it) to drain the yeast and get good clean beer out after it conditions.

My concern would not be the seal, I assume you could fix that with a hose clamp, but I think getting the thick yeast and trub out of that small hole would cause problems. I'll have to buy it to read it a little closer, but it's on my Xmas list!

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I don't know if they fit on BB's. Anyone know if they do?
Yes, the standard orange carboy cap snaps right onto a BB.
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