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Old 07-18-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Fermenter not sealing...

Hi folks, I've just started (last night), a 30 bottle wine kit but have noticed today that the lid on the fermenter does not seal. The gas is escaping from the lid instead of through the airlock. Should I transfer the brew to another fermenter or will it be ok to leave in this one?
This is my first home brew for quite a few years so don't want my 1st attempt to nose dive

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Will be fine for fermentation, you will want a carboy for long term aging though.

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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I know a lot of kits want you too primary with an airlock but just so you know, traditional wine makers do not do this. I primary ferment with the lid but not sealed and stir the cap down to introduce oxygen, when the wine starts to calm down I attatch the airlock. this helps the unwanted gases to escape from the wine and in my opinion improves the quality of the wine.

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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i don't even snap the lid on.
just place it on the bucket with a paper towel over the airlock hole for the first few days, then it goes in a carboy.

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thanks folks, I'll rack into another Vessel in a week. You've put my mind at rest.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:22 AM   #6
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I wouldn't go by time on when to rack out of primary. I usually wait until the gravity is down to .995-1.010 range to rack to secondary. If you rack to early the fermentation might stale.

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I'll go by the sg to rack, thanks Chris

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The only time I snap the lid closed on my primary bucket is during moving from the dining room table to the guest bathtub. Keeps splashed purple dots off the floor!

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