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Old 07-07-2012, 06:57 AM   #1
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Decided to try my first cider earlier this week. I didn't want to take up any carboy real estate so I'm fermenting in an old "mr beer" fermenter.

Since it doesn't use an airlock, it's hard to tell if there is much happening. I did however notice the "snap, crackle, pop"- rice krispie sound coming from inside the fermenter. I assume this is yeast hard at work.

Is this an acceptable method for monitoring that there's activity going on?

I'm trying to refrain from taking hydrometer readings as much as possible, since it's only 2.5 gallons and I want to save as much final product as possible

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Old 07-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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Where does the excess gas escape from this fermenter? Wherever it is, give it a sniff, should be apple-alcohol mix

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I'm fermenting in an old "mr beer" fermenter. Since it doesn't use an airlock, it's hard to tell if there is much happening.
Something like this?

I would drill a hole in the top lid, put in a rubber grommet, and use an airlock.
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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
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Something like this?

I would drill a hole in the top lid, put in a rubber grommet, and use an airlock.
Yeah. There's already a couple small ports for the air to escape, so I think they would still bypass the airlock. Possibly I can find a way to clog those as well.
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Yeah. There's already a couple small ports for the air to escape, so I think they would still bypass the airlock. Possibly I can find a way to clog those as well.
Food grade (100%) silicone sealant. And small tubes of that can be found at most pet shops that sell aquariums.
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Food grade (100%) silicone sealant. And small tubes of that can be found at most pet shops that sell aquariums.
Thanks for the suggestions upstatemike. Btw I also have to thank you because this is your caramel apple recipe!

I finally decided to take a reading. My og was 1.068 and it's only one week later and my gravity is 1.006. Should I be concerned that its so low? Should I consider bottling already?

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