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Old 02-28-2010, 02:00 AM   #1
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Okay, I'm a total newbie: I just started my first brew. It's fermenting (hopefully) in my closet right now. Incidentally, I spent days obsessively reading this forum before starting. Thanks so much for all the advice! You guys are crazy smart.

Anyway, I'm slightly worried about the looseness of the lid on my fermenter bucket. Yes, I saw lots of posts here about how that's not really a problem, but I guess I was expecting "not totally airtight" rather than "just sorta sits on top without any sort of seal at all." Is that right?

John Palmer says that it isn't a big deal, since so much CO2 will be coming out that nothing will be able to come in. But what about after the major part of the fermentation is done? I'm planning on not using a secondary. Given that the CO2 output will slow, will the lack of a good seal be a problem?

I don't have any homebrew yet, but I will endeavor to R and DW with the aid of a Dogfish Head 60. Thanks!

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Old 02-28-2010, 02:04 AM   #2
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Check out this fermentor


You'll be ok as long as you followed a decent sanitary regime.

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Yep. RDWHADH60, my friend. My lid on my main fermenter is so loose that I don't even get any bubbles in my airlock and I've never had an infected or oxidized batch. CO2 is much heavier than regular air and will fill the headspace in your fermenter so O2 can't get to it.

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CO2 is heavier than oxygen. The CO2 will sit on top of the beer and create its own pseudo-seal.
EDIT: Damn you guys are fast. By the time I typed this and hit enter I was the third reply.

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You'll be ok as long as you followed a decent sanitary regime.
Heh, well ... that's a whole other worry. But I tried! Lord knows, I tried.

Thanks everyone.
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Glad I read this thread. I was considering hammering my lid with a rubber hammer.

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My lid doesn't require a hammer, but darn near it. I have to push it down pretty hard on one side and then work my way around to get it closed all the way. You may find that yours is that way too. My first beer fermented for several hours before I found that out. It still made good beer.

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My lid doesn't require a hammer, but darn near it. I have to push it down pretty hard on one side and then work my way around to get it closed all the way. You may find that yours is that way too. My first beer fermented for several hours before I found that out. It still made good beer.
Yes. Mine are the same way. If they say "Ropak" on them, then they are hard as hell to get on.
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Mine is just about as hard to get back off too. I keep thinking about a bucket opener tool but so far I have been able to pry it up on one side using both hands and then working my way around. It snaps on pretty tight though.

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