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Old 09-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Ok now I fell like a real jackass, I just got a 5 gallon bucket and lid from the bakery dept. at Walmart to use as a primary. The only problem was that the lid was not drilled so I could fit the airlock. I drilled it myself, but I drilled the hole a little too big. To compensate, I have placed a grommet on both sides of the lid in the hopes that it will catch the air. All of this happened yesterday and today when I open my brew closet, all I can smell is the Cider fermenting. So have I screwed the pooch on this one or should I be ok?

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Old 09-21-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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is the air lock bubbling?

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There are bubbles but not like you would expect after 24 hours.

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Pick up a drilled stopper from your LHBS. They come in all sizes. If you can't get there yet, some silicone tape can make your existing stopper/airlock stem a little thicker to get you by.

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I was thinking about using wax to close the holes and keep the airlock in place, only I would have to be very careful when cleaning the lid. Any thoughts?

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