Well- i am attempting to make some hard cider as christmas presents for my friends/ family
i heated my apple cider, added sugar and while cooling, i was sanitizing my 6.5 gal glass carboy. as i was pouring out the liquid, the carboy burst, sliced my hand in 2 places and went to the emergency room.
after getting sewn up and a tetnus shot, my wort was awaiting me, and i had nothing to ferment in.
i sent my wife to the home improvement store and we bought a 5 gal bucket with lid.
i managed to snugly fit a cork and an airlock into a hole cut in the lid.
i had 5 gal of wort and a 5 gal bucket. i didnt fill the bucket to the brim but filled it pretty full.
after 36 hours, it started to bubble and i noticed some liquid on the floor around the bucket. i let it go for another 12-24 hours and more liquid was appearing.
i finally decided to open the bucket, use santized eqt. and remove about 1/2 gal of the wort.
my question is..... did i ruin my first batch by opening it up and disturbing it??? do you think that the liquid around the bucket is a result of a poor fitting lid or the bucket being filled too full? carbon dioxide is being released.