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Old 12-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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To what beergolf said, you're fine. You have to open the thing up to take gravity readings - that all in itself is probably more "risky" than having a slightly leaky seal.
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I haven't used a fermenter with an airtight seal in years(snug yes-airtight no) and have never had a problem with any ale I've made. They do fine even after sitting there for 4-6 weeks. Even with the main fermentation completed there is usually enough residual CO2 off gassing to protect the beer as long as your fermenter lid is not airtight but somewhat snug.

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+2 to this....hell, most of my brews the lid is just resting on top of the bucket, I don't even bother to snap it down!

It is enjoyable to read all the inventive ways people come up with to seal their fermenters up so they'll bubble through the air-lock exclusively though...


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Old 12-13-2013, 10:18 PM   #22
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Neither of my buckets will seal completely unless I keep the seals good and lubed with keg lube than I have no issues

Occasionally I will get some krausen seep out of the lid but never an infection. Once high krausen starts to drop I remove the lid, quickly clean with starsan and reinstall and let'r ride

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Old 12-18-2013, 12:21 AM   #23
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So I took a gravity reading yesterday, and, of course, it is beer. Apart from tasting a little green, everything is great. I noticed that one thing that was a little disconcerting, even though it didn't really matter. The lid wasn't all the way on. I'll have to check it out before I use it again, but it appears all is well. I'll be bottling on Christmas Eve!

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I've done that myself. It seems like it is pushed on all the way around, but one side is still not seated. No harm, no foul. I got in the habit of going around the lid twice, pushing down hand-width by hand-width.

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+2 to this....hell, most of my brews the lid is just resting on top of the bucket, I don't even bother to snap it down!
Same here. I never snap the lid, just let gravity hold it down. I also don't bother using an airlock and instead run my thermowell down thru the airlock grommet.
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Add me to the list of people who don't snap the lid down on my bucket fermenters. I just rest the lid on top and let the yeast have at it.



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