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Old 01-14-2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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I have managed to survive my first few days as a homebrew n00b. I only opened the fermentation bucket once, tonight, to replace the o-ring I pushed into the bucket and retrieve some liquid for a hydrometer reading (of course, I sanitized everything very carefully and re-sanitized the lid, too), and gosh, I even saw krausen!

But... I can't get the True Brew lid to snap in place. It's a typical 6.5 gallon primary fermenting bucket. I think it's me, not the bucket. I've pushed, squeezed, sat on the top of the bucket and bounced up and down, and even tried squeezing the lid shut with a device that is supposed to help pry it open.

Maybe the answer is to move to glass or plastic carboys... anyone else have this problem? I'm small (under 5') (yes, I'm of age, more than twice over :-p ) and though I do exercise I don't have strong arms.

In the meantime, the lid sits snugly, if not snapped in place, when I raise the handle. I assume there's a decent enough seal, but...

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:54 AM   #2
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Generally speaking you don't 'need' a perfect seal. More or less the lid and airlock are set in place to make sure bad stuff doesn't get in. In theory your could just place a peice of plywood on top of the fermentor and all would be well. So don't worry.

Sadly I cannot offer any better advice. I use a 'Pale Ale' or a Coopers fermentor and not True Brew.




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Old 01-14-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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You could wrap the lid on tightly with some plastic wrap if you absolutely cannot get it back on. That would keep the nasties out, and your mind at ease.

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Don't worry about it. I have a bucket fermentor that the lid will not seal. I went to the trouble of taping the whole thing to create a seal. I just wanted to see the airlock doing its thing. Well, yeast ferments whether the airlock is clicking or not. There are some brave souls who do open bucket fermenting. I am not brave enough to try that yet. Never the less, my lab rat buddies tell me we live in a rain of mold, bacteia, yeast, virus, dust, small particle crap or you name it origin. So be it. Put the lid on. Set somehting heavy on it. Let it go.

Beer will occur.

Praise the yeast.

Let us pray.
In the name of the barley, the hops and the yeast.
Amen

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Old 01-14-2009, 02:42 AM   #5
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Never had that problem but I use Ale Pales. I have noticed that some are harder to open and close. I might try a rubber mallet to get it started but I would also be affraid of cracking it so... just drink a beer and forget about it.
As long as its covered it should be fine.

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I agree with the don't worry comments, but if you really want to fix it, there are two ways.
1. Give good thumps all around the rim of the lid with the heel of your hand. It's no good just pressing unless you have the weight to exert a great deal of pressure. This may work, but could also bruise your hand.
2. Visit your local hadware store, and invest in a dead blow mallet. You can then use that to thump the lid into place without any bruises.

In both cases, it is quite likely that you will have a lot of difficulty getting the lid off again when you need to.

All the lid really has to do is to prevent contaminants falling into the brew. It doesn't have to be completely airtight.

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:24 AM   #7
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the lid to my ale pail is a bi-atch to get open and closed, so i feel your pain...what i do is focus on getting one piece of the lid all the way on and then just slide my palm with weight on it around the lid and will hear it go down into place, kinda like closing a ziplock bag...

at the very least, rdwhahb!

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I have managed to survive my first few days as a homebrew n00b. I only opened the fermentation bucket once, tonight, to replace the o-ring I pushed into the bucket and retrieve some liquid for a hydrometer reading (of course, I sanitized everything very carefully and re-sanitized the lid, too), and gosh, I even saw krausen!

But... I can't get the True Brew lid to snap in place. It's a typical 6.5 gallon primary fermenting bucket. I think it's me, not the bucket. I've pushed, squeezed, sat on the top of the bucket and bounced up and down, and even tried squeezing the lid shut with a device that is supposed to help pry it open.

Maybe the answer is to move to glass or plastic carboys... anyone else have this problem? I'm small (under 5') (yes, I'm of age, more than twice over :-p ) and though I do exercise I don't have strong arms.

In the meantime, the lid sits snugly, if not snapped in place, when I raise the handle. I assume there's a decent enough seal, but...
Woo Hoo! Finally, a member here who's smaller than I am! Welcome!!!!

Seriously, don't worry about the lid. Just put it down on there as tightly as you can, and then don't worry any more about it. It's fine. Nothing can crawl through it, so it's safe.
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In the meantime, the lid sits snugly, if not snapped in place, when I raise the handle. I assume there's a decent enough seal, but...
I have a brand new true-brew 6.5 gallon bucket as well. The lid is very stiff and it's quite difficult to get on and off the bucket. In time, it will loosen up some, but I have found that wetting the seal a little helps...
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:11 AM   #10
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I had the same trouble when I first got my kit; I thought it was just that I am sort of a weakling and couldn't snap it on. I tried all kinds of stuff before taking it into the LHBS i bought it from. They gave me the wrong lid

It wasn't my fault after all, you may want to look into it.

That said, the right sized lid is still a PITA to get off but getting it on I don't think is really that hard.

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