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Old 07-19-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever used anything other than the typical carboy/bucket to ferment a batch of beer? these german made pickling crocks look pretty cool... they have a gutter around the rim that you fill with water to make nature's perfect airlock...

http://www.wisementrading.com/foodpreserving/harsch_crocks.htm



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Old 07-19-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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$250 bucks for a 6 gallon? No thanks. They are pretty nice looking though.



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Old 07-19-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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I have used my dad's old ceramic crock for open fermentation. Just pitch the yeast and cover with a towel. It is actually a really fun method!

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That was the ways it was done, from ancient Bavaria, even into the 1970's.



The oldest evidence of wheat beer-making in Europe is the so-called “Kasendorf Amphora.” This is an earthenware fermentation vessel found in a Celtic grave near the northern Bavarian village of Kasendorf, nearn Kulmbach, in 1934. That crock dates from at least 800 B.C., and it contains residues of black wheat ale flavored with oak leaves.

And all the way into the 70's when homebrewing was still illegal, beer was made in crocks like you posted, usually with pie tin lids. This was the typical fermeter back then.

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I am using one of these clay "moonshine" jugs. Popular auction item. This one was $20. I sure had to clean it out well though!



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$115? You can find crocks and jugs like Jim and I posted for like 25 bucks apiece.

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i love the moonshine jug! do you use an airlock?

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i love the moonshine jug! do you use an airlock?
Back in the day it would have been a condom with a pinhole in it...

Or a balloon.
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Some of the really old earthenware jugs have lead glazes and are not suitable for alcohol. I am told that anything post 1960 should be lead free.

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[QUOTE=Revvy;3099393]Back in the day it would have been a condom with a pinhole in it...

that's the last thing i need my gf to find lying around!



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