Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > air leak in my carboy lid
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
PintOfPlain
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: shenzhen, guangdong
Posts: 39
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default air leak in my carboy lid

Hi

I use glass carboys - 6G. One of my fermenter lids has an airleak, in that the airlock doesnt bubble on this one.

How long can I ferment in this one without worrying about oxidation?

Its in there 10 days now. I want to ferment in primary for 3 weeks.

Or shall I go and get a new lid right now.

Thanks

__________________
PintOfPlain is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
Pie_Man
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pie_Man's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 1,354
Liked 135 Times on 127 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

If you're not disturbing the beer (splashing, etc.), then I wouldn't worry about oxidation. It sounds like your airlock has a crack or your stopper isn't sealing properly. If you want to swap out the airlock and/or stopper, that's fine, but oxidation isn't really your problem. Some breweries even ferment in open style fermenters.

__________________
Pie_Man is offline
PintOfPlain Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
Odin_Brews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: golden, CO
Posts: 265
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

Primary fermentation will force all the oxygen out and replace all head space with CO2, since CO2 is denser than O2 it will likely stay only CO2 so long as it's not disturbed, ie no O2 will get in there and mix up and get at your beer

__________________
Odin_Brews is offline
PintOfPlain Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-07-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
SpeedYellow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,165
Liked 119 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

How do you get a leak in a carboy cap?

If it's the orange style, and its mouth is too large in diameter, you can fix that with a simple zip tie around it.

Or just stop by your LHBS and drop $2 for a drilled rubber stopper.

__________________
SpeedYellow is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-10-2012, 02:03 AM   #5
PintOfPlain
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: shenzhen, guangdong
Posts: 39
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Hi Guys

thanks for the advice. I have a pretty funky carboy, I live in China, so its a type used to house liquors with funny stuff marinating...
photo attached.
I bought a new glass stopper but it still didn't seal, need to probably buy a whole new carboy.

in descending order the 3 most crazy things I have seen marinating in chinese liquor in these glass jars..

3. about 10 cobras
2. about 100 rat foetus's
3. about 1000 dog dicks.

These are all supposed to be good for you.

My friend tried the dog dick liquor, he swore he was quite excited for 2 days!

cottage-house-saison-hour-12.jpg  
__________________
PintOfPlain is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #6
jakenbacon
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jakenbacon's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Glendale, AZ
Posts: 525
Liked 60 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 201

Default

Dude that's friggin nut's, and your carboy is friggin awesome... The reason a good seal is important ( and the whole reason we use airlocks) is to let air out, not in, to keep things sanitary. You will probably be alright in all honesty, but air should only be going out, not in, and only through the airlock. As long as that carboy is not sealed correctly, you risk infection. I had Edworts haus pale in a fermenter, and the krausen looked good, and I knew it wasn't infected, but no bubbles. I let it ride, but I knew the thing should be blowin off. So long story short, switched the blow off tube, and finally saw some bubbles, and beer was fine even with a bad seal. Good luck. -Jake

__________________
jakenbacon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-10-2012, 03:38 AM   #7
SpeedYellow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,165
Liked 119 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

If that's a glass lid sealing against a glass jar, I don't think you'll ever get that airtight.

__________________
SpeedYellow is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-10-2012, 05:06 PM   #8
Odin_Brews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: golden, CO
Posts: 265
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

Sweet Carboy!!!

__________________
Odin_Brews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
RM-MN
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Solway, MN
Posts: 7,150
Liked 856 Times on 713 Posts
Likes Given: 319

Default

Get a small container of food grade silicone grease and apply it in a thin layer where the glass pieces mate and where the stopper fits in. It should seal just fine then. You might look for "keg lube" as an alternative.

__________________
RM-MN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-11-2012, 01:53 AM   #10
PintOfPlain
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: shenzhen, guangdong
Posts: 39
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RM-MN
Get a small container of food grade silicone grease and apply it in a thin layer where the glass pieces mate and where the stopper fits in. It should seal just fine then. You might look for "keg lube" as an alternative.
Great idea thanks!

For 10 dollars I can buy a new carboy anyhow also
__________________
PintOfPlain is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CO2 valve gizmo for carboy to carboy/keg transfer DeafSmith Kegerators and Keezers 2 10-03-2012 05:10 PM
Carboy cleaner vs Clean Bottle Express Carboy Brush brehuh Equipment/Sanitation 5 03-14-2012 01:23 PM
Leak and possible leak in hop package... jheld00 Recipes/Ingredients 0 03-07-2012 09:22 PM
Better Bottle CarBoy (plastic) or Glass CarBoy???? JBrooks General Beer Discussion 10 01-06-2012 03:20 AM
Reusing yeast in primary carboy with hops on walls of carboy? brewinginct Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-27-2010 07:39 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS