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Old 02-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
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Try rubbing your stoppers with some alcohol.


Worked every time when I was still using carboys.

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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Update: Although I knew better, I still had concerns about the final product after at least two 12 hour periods of an un-capped carboy (possibly longer). I bottled it a little less than two weeks ago. I, of course, tasted the uncarbonated beer and . . . amazing. It was clear with a perfect balance of flavors. Now I am waiting for the bottles to carb up for the next test.

So, the moral of the story; don't stress about little things like the stopper blowing out of your carboy. I still think I will try a different cap as I plan to brew a weizen next, and we all know how that goes.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #13
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Try rubbing your stoppers with some alcohol.


Worked every time when I was still using carboys.
+1!! A little rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) on a paper towel and give it a quick wipe. The bonus is the typical rubbing alcohol is 70% and is VERY effective at killing microbes
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Make sure everything is dry and stick it further into the bung next time

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #15
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Orange caps rock. Starting like 10 yrs ago, the orange caps suddenly got rather thin and skimpy, but yet of the 7 or 8 I've owned over 20 yrs, I've only had one that didn't seal quite airtight (a zip tie solved that). I'll never use anything else.

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It's common with starsan users.

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If you're using Iodophor the stoppers will stick even when wet, there is no surfactant in it.

if you're using starsan you have to wipe your bunghole.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/wipi...nghole-402581/

also some carboys like #7s some like #6.5s

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That's...not what she said.
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A couple strips of Gorilla tape worked for me, albeit slightly overkill.

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