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Old 02-12-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default How do I use this Primary fermenter?

How do I use this Primary fermenter? I got it since the glass one was like 50 and this was 20$..... No area for airlock, just lid. Guy said they throw a garbage bag over it.... And how long in primary before i rack to my secondary? the said less then a week but last time i didnt that it tastes like sugary apple juice.

I let my last one sit for 2 weeks in primary and its abit sour apple tasting. good tho. drank 3 litters today alone.

Im brewing a high percentage apple cidder.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:13 AM   #2
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Seems like it wouldn't be hard to drill a hole and put a bung/airlock in the lid.

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Old 02-12-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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The lid probably isn't airtight, therefore adding an airlock would be kind of pointless.

Check out the Cooper's DIY fermenter. It works on the same concept (no airlock). I've been brewing in mine for just over two year without any issues at all.

The lid just keeps stuff from falling into your beer. Positive pressure inside the fermenter from CO2 production will keep anything from floating up under the lid.

The garbage bag the guy mentioned was probably just to keep direct sunlight off the fermenter or help trap in heat if brewing in a cold area.

Personally, I ferment my beer for three weeks, bottle condition at room temperature for three weeks and then try to have them in the fridge at least three or four days before I drink them (ie. stick beer I plan to drink on the weekend in the fridge on Monday). That's a 6+ week turn around on a batch. If you drink a lot of beer it's in your best interest to establish a pipeline. I always have a batch of something in my fermenter. A lot of guys on here continuously have several batches going.

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Add some water to the fermentor put the lid on tight. Tip the fermentor. Water draining out around the rim means the fermentor was meant to be used with out an airlock. Do this test a couple of times for safety. Each time try to get the lid as tight as possible.

I also read somewhere about fermentors being burped, manually lifting the lid to release pressure, every so often. This sounds to risky. Could have been for Coopers' fermentors.

I would add the air lock for peace of mind.

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The Cooper's DIY fermenter "burps" itself. The lid just sits on and the CO2 seeps out without the lid needing to be manually lifted. I have a different fermenter for wine which uses the same concept .

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The Cooper's DIY fermenter "burps" itself. The lid just sits on and the CO2 seeps out without the lid needing to be manually lifted. I have a different fermenter for wine which uses the same concept .
So my lid does leak water out the top, should i just leave it laying on top casualy of snap it on?
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