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Old 01-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default No lid bucket fermentation?

So yesterday i kind of ran over the lid for one of my plastic fermenters (don't) ask. Is it possible for me to use saran wrap to cover my fermentor. I don't feel like getting a lid since i am getting a glass car boy in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions on how to cover a bucket fermentor without a lid?

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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Lids are cheap. Or go for broke and do an open fermented lambic boo-ya.

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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Find something hard and flat like a small piece of plywood or cookie sheet or cutting board. Anything larger then the mouth of the bucket. Sanitize one side. Then sanitize a kitchen or terrycloth towel with starsan, iodophor or dilute bleach solution. Again large enough to cover the bucket opening. If a bit of starsan gets in the bucket no problem, otherwise be careful.

Stretch the cloth across the top of bucket and pin it down with your flat thing. As fermentation starts you will get a positive Co2 pressure in the bucket that will keep bad stuff out. The cloth will act as somewhat of a filter.

Actually a lot of bucket fermenters just put the lid on loosely in a similar way, just because the lids can be tough to get off if snapped on. As long as you got gasses going out not much is going to get in.

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What's the difference between a piece of saran wrap or something flat covered with terrycloth? I don't think you have to get that elaborate with covering the opening of a bucket.

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:32 AM   #5
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What's the difference between a piece of saran wrap or something flat covered with terrycloth? I don't think you have to get that elaborate with covering the opening of a bucket.
Even in rural Missouri we don't consider a scrap of plywood and a rag "elaborate".

I'd want something a little wider & stouter than saran wrap if I was going to let the thing sit around for a full fermentation. Critters would fall right on through saran wrap. In a pinch I'd grab a couple of those blue Wal-Mart bags as they blew through the yard, until I had time to find a board and a rag.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:48 PM   #6
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im with you guys on the just cover it thing. make sure nothing can fall in, you could even just use a sterilized strip of aluminum foil, sterilize the inside of it, cover and walk away. as long as nothing crushes the foil into the fermenter you should be ok. the plywood could even go on top of it to be safe.

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Some have used tinfoil, saran wrap, any number of things work great. SOme folks who have arthritus use a piece of plexiglass on top of their buckets that way they can actually see the krausen and stuff. As long as it's covered and excess co2 can get out, then you'll be fine.

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I just pictured using too much aluminun foil, and attaching it a little too tightly and having your fermenter look like a 5 gallon can of Jiffy-Pop popcorn...

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I just pictured using too much aluminun foil, and attaching it a little too tightly and having your fermenter look like a 5 gallon can of Jiffy-Pop popcorn...
doubt that would happen, but yes, that would be very funny
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I like the plexiglass / acrylic idea for buckets I actually would like to see whats going on hence why using a Better bottle. I have no reason not to use a bucket other than I can't see whats happening.

so plexiglass plus a ratchet strap and tubing for blow off and you've got yourself a nice little viewing hole.

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