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Old 10-12-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default 2 1/2 gallon Montana Jar Fermenter

I bought this 2.5g jar at Target (< $20). It has a nice integrated silicone seal that I thought would make a perfect fermenter for oddball stuff.

It's pretty simple, merely a jar that I added a rubber grommet and airlock to. I don't know where I got the grommet but I think homebrew stores carry them.

Top is some kind of stainless steel, with a very nice soft silicone gasket under it. There is a smallish hole near the edge of the silicone seal that I closed up with a glue gun. I kept wondering why my airlock wasn't bubbling and that is why. I don't think this hole shows in any of the pics.



Drill hole through both the steel lid and silicone gasket... you can see the small holes in the outer rim of the gasket at 7:00 and 1:00 - click on the pic and you'll get a huge version in which the holes are obvious. Fill with hot glue or cover with tape from the back.


Pop in the grommet (onto the silicone seal, not the metal cover) ...


Push the airlock through the top and...


... voilá

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Great idea for a small batch experimental fermenter!!!

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nice idea... but i gotta ask, what in the heck are you fermenting in there?

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nice idea... but i gotta ask, what in the heck are you fermenting in there?
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The big nicety of this thing is the large opening. If you are dumping chunks of pineapple and coconut in there, it's perfect. Here's a pic I should have added above, showing the very large mouth of this jar.

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Heh, I bought two similar jars from target for precisely that. I use a 2 gallon one for kombucha and a 1 gallon one for kimchi. Good stuff.

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Heh, I bought two similar jars from target for precisely that. I use a 2 gallon one for kombucha and a 1 gallon one for kimchi. Good stuff.
I need some of those! I've been making my kombucha and kimchi in 1/2gal Ball jars. It's worked, but it's a tight squeeze for my hand.
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Default glass jars?

You didn't mention it, but are these glass?

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You didn't mention it, but are these glass?
Yes, fairly thick glass. I'm going to put a mead in there this wkend.
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Cool! I'm looking for something for 1 gallon batches so this looks like what I'd need, adding plenty of room for head space as a primary!!

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