Unknown Carboy Caps
- Carboy Caps are NOT Air Tight... What?
Below is a link to a relatively unknown by me website that states that carboy caps are not air tight and should only be used during primary. I have never heard this nor do I believe it. I do know th
- Rotten Wine?
Hi, all I just started home brewing and made my first batches of wine on the 11th. I made a mead before this and it came out ok, but 2 of my three wines have this horrendous smell today. Before th
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Pros: Makes racking incredibly easy and eliminates the need for an auto-siphon.
Recommended? YesThese are so far superior to drilled rubber stoppers that comparing the two is like comparing a log and a wagon; they both get the job done but one is vastly superior to the other. When it comes time to rack simply replace your airlock with a racking cane and pressurize the other nipple on the cap with CO2 or by blowing into it (what I do) and the beer in the carboy will be pushed up and out of the racking cane. No auto-siphon to sterilize or even own.
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Recommended? YesJust your regular wing capper and bottle caps. Don't know what this carboy caps are...?
Pros: Easy to use and versitle.
Cons: Losing the little white caps -grrrrrr.
Recommended? YesWhoever thought these things up is my hero. Far superior to rubber stoppers in many ways. I use them for racking, blowoff and airlocks.
I have had rubber stoppers after sanitizing and installing one with a airlock, pop out of the carboy within as soon as I turned my back. Before I got the Universal Caps I used to spritz acholol around my rubber bung and the opening of the carboy, dry both with a paper towel so it would be "gummy" enough to stay in. Universal Caps just snap right on, no worrys.
As for racking, my favorite way is to put the racking cane in the middle, sanitize it and use CO2 in the offset nipple to push CO2 into the carboy to start the siphon. Keeps a CO2 blanket on my beer and because I put CO2 into the receiving bottling bucket or secondary carboy, I keep a blanket of CO2 there also.
These things are so useful, I thought I might drill holes in my TV trays and stick the nipples in the holes to make a glass holder - just kidding! Mmmmmm?
Pros: One size fits all
Recommended? YesI wouldn't ever use anything else. I have two of these. They are perfect for an airlock & blow off.
Pros: Ease of use, sturdy construction
Cons: those are the only colors.
Recommended? YesWhile I've never used them for racking at all, they are an excellent replacement for the drilled rubber stopper. Since this doesn't get pushed down into the neck, it would take a concerted effort to force one of these into a carboy. Additionally, it is almost impossible not to put this on correctly as there is a distinct feel when the cap is pressed home.