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ThatsGoodHead 12-04-2012 11:14 PM

Primary fermentation only
 
Hello all, I have been brewing all grain for about a year now with both successes and failures but always a good time. Love brew day!

My question is(bare with me if this is a dumb question): I know that I don't HAVE to secondary, but can I primary only in a plastic bucket with a non-air tight lid? Or will that cause oxidization? Any info would be appreciated. I plan on using carboys but I have some already made in a 20gal bucket and was wondering if I HAD to transfer it. Cheers

Revvy 12-04-2012 11:16 PM

I've had my beers in primary for more than 6 months in buckets with no issues. If you don't mess with them, don't keep opening them, then yo're not violating the co2 space in there.

ThatsGoodHead 12-04-2012 11:21 PM

Thanks a bunch, all I needed. I am doing this primary only thing from posts I have read from you, so thanks again, looking forward to the results!

boscobeans 12-06-2012 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 4649768)
If you don't mess with them, don't keep opening them, then yo're not violating the co2 space in there.

Great advice for all bucket brewers...:mug:

bosco

jsv1204 12-06-2012 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThatsGoodHead
with a non-air tight lid?

That's the only part that raised my eyebrows. If it's not airtight, eventually you will have oxidation issues. Might require some experimentation to figure that out.

Is there a reason it is not air tight?

Revvy 12-06-2012 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsv1204 (Post 4655599)
That's the only part that raised my eyebrows. If it's not airtight, eventually you will have oxidation issues. Might require some experimentation to figure that out.

Is there a reason it is not air tight?

I think he considers an airlock as not being airtight.

Because NO fermenter is ever airtight. You never want one to be, unless you like beer on the ceiling.

jsv1204 12-06-2012 04:28 PM

If it is air locked, great - just wasn't sure if we were talking about an open fermenter or a loose lid or and airlock.

Homercidal 12-06-2012 05:01 PM

Some people, even professional brewers ferment in OPEN vessels.

At one brewery in Northern Michigan they use open fermenters and last summer I noticed they have stretched Plastic Wrap across the tops to keep the flies out. (I highly doubt this was effective as I could see some small openings from where I was standing on the other side of the glass wall.)

boscobeans 12-06-2012 05:06 PM

The fermenter I use has a "Burp" type lid. No airlock and not airtight. Never had a problem with oxidation even after 10 weeks.

As Revvy states in POST #2 "If you don't mess with them, don't keep opening them, then yo're not violating the co2 space in there."

bosco

Revvy 12-06-2012 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Homercidal (Post 4655826)
Some people, even professional brewers ferment in OPEN vessels.

At one brewery in Northern Michigan they use open fermenters and last summer I noticed they have stretched Plastic Wrap across the tops to keep the flies out. (I highly doubt this was effective as I could see some small openings from where I was standing on the other side of the glass wall.)

I can't remember, is that Right Brain? I just saw on the cover of the Michigan Beer Guide that they moved.


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