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Old 09-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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I am making Chardonnay from a kit and put it all in a plastic tub with a lid for primary fermentation. I have a carboy and airlock for the secondary. Is the tub going to be okay for the first week or so of fermentation? I just put it in yesterday, so it may not be too late to transfer it.

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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yes. I bought a wine kit for my mom for xmas and made an excellent Luna Bianca. The kit came with a 8 or 9 gallon plastic bucket and a glass carboy. We kept it in the plastic for the first 4 weeks before transferring to glass.

The plastic lid has an air lock, right?

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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No, my bucket does not have an airlock.
It is a simple tub with a snap-on lid.
Should I transfer it?

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:04 AM   #4
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That's the only way I do it. Is open bucket fermentation. As long as your must and equipment are sterile. Everything will be okay. There is enough co2 created to create a barrier for protection. You will want to rack it into your carboy when the gravity is around 1.040 to 1.030 and place your airlock. I have yet to have any issues with this method.

I'm embarrassed to admit this.. most people use a towel to cover the bucket while fermenting this way before transfer. This is to help with vinegar flies and anything else that could land in it. I actually use pantyhose to cover the top of the bucket.


Oxygen at initial fermentation can actually benefit yeast production.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:47 AM   #5
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loose lid on the bucket, stir a couple times a day for the first few days to keep oxygen in the must, transfer somewhere in the 1.020-1.040 range.

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