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Old 06-11-2009, 12:33 AM   #1
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I'm looking to purchase some 1 Gallon carboys soon. The stoppers I've all looked at clearly say "Not recommended for 1 Gallon glass carboys." Is this a problem with sizes? I'm confused. Can someone offer me some insight to these occurrences?

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Old 06-11-2009, 12:55 AM   #2
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The gallon sized ones I have are just jugs with a typical thread and the little finger loop. The mouths of mine are quite thin glass. If you got a blockage during fermentation, I'm sure the bottle could easily blow apart. The only other thing I can think of is that a stopper that small has little give, and with some weight behind it, could probably break the bottle also. I have fermented juice in mine with a typical blow off tube, then stopper with airlock. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again, but I am careful of the delicate mouth

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Old 06-11-2009, 01:19 AM   #3
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Here's a couple solutions Cheesepolp:

1) Learn to like (or tolerate) Carlo Rossi
2) Don't use a stopper with an airlock/blow-off. Aluminum foil FTW

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Here's a couple solutions Cheesepolp:

1) Learn to like (or tolerate) Carlo Rossi
2) Don't use a stopper with an airlock/blow-off. Aluminum foil FTW
Instead of #1, just buy apple juice and turn it into cider.
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#6 rubber stoppers (just one size smaller than the 5 gallon carboy stoppers) work fine. Here's a picture of some of mine:



The 1 gallon jugs use #6 stoppers, the wine bottle stopper is smaller (I think #4, but check for sure if you want one!), and the 3 gallon carboy uses a #7 stopper, just as the 5 gallon carboys do.

As Reno said, drink Carlo Rossi- it comes in 4L jugs and the stoppers work great. Or go dumpster diving for them.

Don't BUY gallon jugs! They're about $6, and the Carlo Rossi wine is about the same price. You can use the wine for spaghetti sauce or to make Sangria. No need to spend money on empty jugs, when they come full for the same price!

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i posted a list a while back about http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/rubb...-sizes-107677/ this may help in the future

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Buy apple juice. A jug costs like 5 bucks empty, or 6 bucks full of apple juice... Its a much better deal, make yourself a batch of apfelwein.

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Buy apple juice. A jug costs like 5 bucks empty, or 6 bucks full of apple juice... Its a much better deal, make yourself a batch of apfelwein.
They cost $16 here.
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I got my jugs from Ernest and Julio Gallo.

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VETO on both the number 5 stoppers, and the Carlo Rossi suggestions.

I had to shave a number five stopper. Go to your LHBS and ask him for something that fits a 1 gallon wine jug. He'll have what you need, and he'll probably hand it off for free.

Livingston Burgandy is a great table wine, if you've never had it before. It's cheap, and easy to enjoy. It comes in 1 gallon jugs, which are great fermenters. I heartily recommend it.

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