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Old 04-18-2010, 12:23 AM   #1
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Made a batch of Edwords Apfelwein today. However, I dropped my last drilled bung into the carboy...I will go to my LHBS tomorrow but eff what am I going to do tonight? I have a plastic bag with a rubber band over the top right now. Suggestions? Advice?

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Old 04-18-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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That should be just fine. Sanitized aluminum foil works fine too. Don't worry... this has only happened a BILLION times to other people. Just leave the bung in there for now and get it out after you rack.

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The good news is, I agree with the Cat, but I think a BILLION is a slight exaggeration.
The bad news is, how are you going to get the bung out of the carboy when you empty it?
If you have any difficulty, check out http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/bung...through-88328/ for suggestions.

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Ok. It's happened a KAGILLION times. That better?

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Hopefully it will be fine once I go and get a few carboy caps tomorrow.

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It will be. The airlock and stopper don't hold any magical powers. So long as you have the opening covered, it's clean and sanitary and there's a way for the CO2 to escape, you'll be just fine.

I brewed a few months ago and couldn't find the lid for my ale pail. I just covered the whole bucket with aluminum foil and left it that way for three weeks. It still made tasty, tasty beer.

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Should I poke a hole for the C02 to escape?

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Nah, just don't rubber band it super tight.

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The good news is, I agree with the Cat, but I think a BILLION is a slight exaggeration.
The bad news is, how are you going to get the bung out of the carboy when you empty it?
If you have any difficulty, check out http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/bung...through-88328/ for suggestions.

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It too some assistance from the SWMBO (she held the carboy upside down for me once I had the bag inflated) I used this trick to remove a bung that I got stuck in one of my carboys. Hope it works for you as well as it did for me.


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It too some assistance from the SWMBO (she held the carboy upside down for me once I had the bag inflated) I used this trick to remove a bung that I got stuck in one of my carboys. Hope it works for you as well as it did for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F8jtrx6psw
Yup, there's a kagillion ways of doing it.
I've never tried any of them because I'm either incredibly sensible and got the right size bung in the first place, or because I'm too much of a wimp to push the bung into the carboy.
I'm inclined to go with the second explanation, because I've done enough other stupid things to prove that I'm not at all sensible.

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