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Old 12-07-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
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I just started brewing a week ago and have my first batch fermenting right now. A traditional stout extract kit from Midwest. I think I am already hooked and want to try my hand at hard cider also. Does anyone know what retailers in the metro have apple juice in 1 gallon glass containers?

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:29 AM   #2
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greeting from.... well... central Iowa :P don't know about 1 gallon glass, a few from the local brew club use the hy-vee juice.

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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Thanks. Do you know what they use for a stopper?

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Old 12-07-2011, 03:46 AM   #4
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Local brew club, huh? Ames area here.

Some, I understand, use a balloon with a pinhole in it for an 'airlock'.

I have 40 gallons of home-pressed cider in the freezer in plastic gallon milk/water jugs. The two-year old stuff brews up nice and clean, as if the plastic didn't let too much through, so I'd wonder if a person might ferment on the cheap in those.

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Old 12-07-2011, 04:13 AM   #5
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There are 2 beer clubs in dsm, and 1 in ames. I've went as simple as leaving the lid loose for some welches wine (shuddup i just wanted to say i did it) to drilling the lid and putting a grommet and air lock in. Other containers to look at would be cheap wine jugs, water jugs(2,3,5 gallon pretty easy to find), white 5 gallon buckets from Lowes work too.

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:46 PM   #6
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All great options, but I do prefer to see my concoctions fermenting and I do prefer to try to do things right the first time to maximize my chances of good results. I have seen that #6 rubber stoppers fit the 1 gallon glass jugs that Midwest sells. I wonder if those jugs have the same neck diameter as the 1 gallon glass jugs that apple juice comes in. Of course, none of this matters if I can't find a retailer in the metro that has juice in 1 gallon jugs.

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if BeerCrazy in Urbandale sells the 1 gallon glass jugs?

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Old 12-08-2011, 02:29 AM   #8
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Disregard. They do and I picked up 2 today along with stoppers and airlocks.

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