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Old 04-08-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hey there, I've decided I wanted to start up this hobby. I've got a 30L plastic bucket, 5 gallon carboy, a hydrometer, an airlock and some sanitizer. I think I should be good to go with my first batch. Anyways my question is I went to a home brew store by my place and the guy there said to first ferment my beer in the bucket with the top on and no means of the CO2. I asked about drilling a hole in the top and putting a bung and airlock on it and he said no, just leave the top. Now I know Im new and may not know a lot yet, but that doesnt seem right to me as I'm sure after 3-4 days in that the top will come bursting off. Just looking for what you guys thought as I'm sure youre more knowledgable about this then I am. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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that guy lied to you. when the yeast eats the sugar a massive amount of co2 is going to be released, and you will have an explosion of beer all over your room. You definately need an airlock

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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Maybe that guy is into fermenting under pressure. But that's usually done in a keg, so I don't know what he's talking about.

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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I've heard and read of MANY a horror story about exploding bucket lids by doing such things. AVOID! Drill your hole my friend.

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:38 AM   #5
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Well that's exactly what I thought. It seemed like itwould be way to much pressure. So ust install the bung, or that and the airlock when I ferment in that?

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Old 04-09-2011, 06:32 AM   #6
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Yup! Drill your hole. Place your bung. Then airlock goes into to bung. Or, you could just spring for a 6.5 gallon carboy. I like to watch my fermentations ; ) Krausens look so cool to me.

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #7
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I have a transarent bucket so I can still watch and enjoy. He had no 6.5 gallon carboys at the shop.

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:34 PM   #8
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It's all right if you leave the cover loose, but it is best to drill a bung hole and use the airlock from the get go.

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Yea, I had that happen with exploding beer. It sucked. Made a mess, lost probably 1/2 gallon of beer. I would avoid using an air lock and use a blow off tube. I had an air lock on my beer that exploded and it gummed and sealed my carboy tight, hence the explosion.

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