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Old 06-11-2013, 04:14 PM   #371
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Got my first batch in my 30L and it's fermenting away. Not much airlock activity - I assume from the amount of head space still filling up with co2. Do you guys see that it takes a day or so to fill up the head space before the airlock lifts up? My orange part is all the way down in the connecting portion of the air lock.

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When you go to transfer from the Spiedel to bottling bucket or keg, do you just open your spigot and let it run through tubing into the bucket/keg or do you let a little run off first to reduce trub to the bucket/keg? Haven't had a spigot on any of the carboys I've used before and since I'm kegging I was just thinking of going straight to the keg no run off and just purging the first bit from the keg when it's tapped. Sound good?

Also what kind of tubing are you guys using to connect to the spigot? Standard racking tubing stretched over the nozzle? And do you spray the spigot with sanitizer prior to letting the beer flow out?

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:00 PM   #372
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I've found the airlock activity to be muted-the bubbles that come out of the bubbler are huge. During my last fermentation, that finished in 3 days, I had a max bubble rate of maybe 30/minute. With a carboy and 3-piece airlock, I would probably have seen something crazy like 5 bubbles/second (too fast to count).

But, make sure it's sealed properly. The first time I used it, I had the cap in upside down for some stupid reason, and saw no bubbling until I put it in right.

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241,
I briefly open the spigot all the way to blast out any yeast or trub.
The tubing I use is a tight fit, but it still can suck bubbles in (and possibly oxidize the beer), so I put a hose clamp on.
I twist the spigot up and spray SS all over and in it before racking.

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The big thin gasket that goes in the lid has been stretching and will probably need to be replaced on both my 30L.
I sent an email to Morebeer to see if they have them available.
I got a reply from MoreBeer about the replacement O-Rings:

"Hello Chris,

Thank you for your reply. The part number for the gasket will be FE711. We do not yet have them available in stock. They were supposed to arrive last week so they should be available on the website shortly.
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Nice to know they will stock them!
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Right on, thanks you guys. Fermenter is sealed, but the air lock is stagnant and there is a good 2" of krausen. Not to worried about it though, esp with your response Ted.

I will definitely flush some trub out before I transfer, thanks!

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...but the air lock is stagnant and there is a good 2" of krausen.
Your right. Besides curiosity, dont draw any conclusions about fermentation based how much airlock activity is visible.
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Has anyone put gallon marks on the 60L fermenter yet?

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Good point about marking the Speidel. I recently purchased a 60L and used it for the first time yesterday. I was surprised to find no graduation markings on the outside of the tank. It wouldn't have been too difficult for the manufacturers to do and would be a nice addition to the fermenter.

Question: I washed my tank twice, first with Borax and then with oxyclean. Triple rinse both times. I mixed a 5 gallon batch of Star San and there was a nasty sulfur smell. I transferred the solution to a 5 gallon bucket and no smell. It was definitely a reaction with the Speidel. Has anyone else experienced this?

I let it air dry before racking 12 gallons of American brown into it and the smell seemed to be gone but it was a little worrisome. This morning it is bubbling away with no off smells coming from the air lock. Overall, it seems like a nice vessel.

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Good point about marking the Speidel. I recently purchased a 60L and used it for the first time yesterday. I was surprised to find no graduation markings on the outside of the tank. It wouldn't have been too difficult for the manufacturers to do and would be a nice addition to the fermenter.

Question: I washed my tank twice, first with Borax and then with oxyclean. Triple rinse both times. I mixed a 5 gallon batch of Star San and there was a nasty sulfur smell. I transferred the solution to a 5 gallon bucket and no smell. It was definitely a reaction with the Speidel. Has anyone else experienced this?

I let it air dry before racking 12 gallons of American brown into it and the smell seemed to be gone but it was a little worrisome. This morning it is bubbling away with no off smells coming from the air lock. Overall, it seems like a nice vessel.
No smell from star San and speidel. Maybe check your stars San ph
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Good point about marking the Speidel. I recently purchased a 60L and used it for the first time yesterday. I was surprised to find no graduation markings on the outside of the tank. It wouldn't have been too difficult for the manufacturers to do and would be a nice addition to the fermenter.

Question: I washed my tank twice, first with Borax and then with oxyclean. Triple rinse both times. I mixed a 5 gallon batch of Star San and there was a nasty sulfur smell. I transferred the solution to a 5 gallon bucket and no smell. It was definitely a reaction with the Speidel. Has anyone else experienced this?

I let it air dry before racking 12 gallons of American brown into it and the smell seemed to be gone but it was a little worrisome. This morning it is bubbling away with no off smells coming from the air lock. Overall, it seems like a nice vessel.
I get that smell but it isn't just with the Speidel. I read earlier that someone noticed a smell when they used hot water but not when they used warm water. Give that a shot.
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