Originally Posted by flatlanderHQ
I use a big fermentation bucket with a loose lid. No issues. No blow off tubes. No infections ever. This obsession with total containment is not based in microbiological reality. After all, Beer has been fermented in open containers for centuries...yes, sanitation is important, but keep things in perspective.
I do the same thing, but with a small weight on the lid to minimize any gaps where fruit flies might enter. I seal it after the kraeusen drops.