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Old 12-28-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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Amazon has a sale going on these 2.5 gallon barrel jars and I thought they might work well for cider. The only problem that I see is the wide mouth and finding a way to get an airtight seal and attach an airlock somehow. Any suggestions?

Amazon.com: Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Barrel Jar with Brushed Aluminum Lid: Kitchen & Dining

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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You could cut a hole in the cap big enough to fit a stopper. Put a small amount of silicone around the mouth, then screw the aluminum cap on that to seal it.

You'll have to re-seal it if you open it but doing a cider it should be a while before you have to open it again.

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you can try to find an oring that fits or you can make a gasket of some sort.

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You could cut a hole in the cap big enough to fit a stopper. Put a small amount of silicone around the mouth, then screw the aluminum cap on that to seal it.

You'll have to re-seal it if you open it but doing a cider it should be a while before you have to open it again.
I agree, a little "food grade" silicone on the threads and a hole and grommet in the lid for an airlock should work fine.
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It looks like a screw on cap. It should be more than adequate. Looks like it will make a great primary for a 1-gal batch of fruited mead or cider.

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Thanks for the responses. My LHBS charges $35 for a 5-Gal carboy. I can get three of these for $33 with free shipping. Plus they will be a lot easier to maneuver and shelve in my apartment. I was thinking of somehow melting hot wax around the base of the lid but silicone might be easier if I don't like how the threads are seated.

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