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Old 01-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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So just as the title says if I use one of those primarys that has a lid that is not air tight will my brew be pooched? I did transfer over to a secondary carboy to finish it off. Should I just go with the carboy next time?
The ferment was good had a good crust on top.
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As long as there is something mostly covering it your fine. Primary fermentation produces so much co2 that it would push out air not letting anything too nasty get in there. The only way you would be pooched is if something foreign like a fruit fly or some random bits of something that had mold or bacteria on there got in there. Since you have a lid on there you should be fine. I usually only use a piece of aluminum foil over the neck of my carboys for primary and that works fine for me.

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Not a big deal. If it make you feel more comfortable, ferment in the carboy next time. I have a couple bucket lids that leak and it doesn't hurt anything.

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Leaky lid will be fine. Just try to keep the lid on.

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As long as there is something mostly covering it your fine. Primary fermentation produces so much co2 that it would push out air not letting anything too nasty get in there. The only way you would be pooched is if something foreign like a fruit fly or some random bits of something that had mold or bacteria on there got in there. Since you have a lid on there you should be fine. I usually only use a piece of aluminum foil over the neck of my carboys for primary and that works fine for me.
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Leaky lid will be fine. Just try to keep the lid on.
So basically keep my head and camera out of there lol...
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Not a big deal. If it make you feel more comfortable, ferment in the carboy next time. I have a couple bucket lids that leak and it doesn't hurt anything.
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So really i am just adding an extra step by using the open primary

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So really i am just adding an extra step by using the open primary
One fermentor is fine for most typical brews, there are going to be other brews that you may learn you want to use secondary. Use bucket or carboy, either works, buckets sometimes get scratches that make sanitizing a problem.
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So basically keep my head and camera out of there lol...
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