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Old 03-08-2009, 03:13 AM   #11
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Looks like a good idea. I ferment in carboys and I've never had blow-off (6.5 gallon carboys, an precise temperature control). Thus I just use airlocks the whole time, and the foam control seems to carry over from the boil pretty well (been using that the last couple batches).
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:36 AM   #12
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It only works in Quebec, because the bacteria don't speak French.

Seriously though it is basically the same thing, just a different design. Something to keep nasties out and let out excess gas.

A clean garbage back will be pretty clean. Where will it get bacteria in the machine between liquid garbage bag and bag on a roll?

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Old 03-08-2009, 03:38 AM   #13
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I've always used carboys so I don't deal with lids, but now I think about it, it does seem like a pain. I'm thinking about the buckets with lids I have dealt with. Like stinking bank vaults to open.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:45 PM   #14
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I've always used carboys so I don't deal with lids, but now I think about it, it does seem like a pain. I'm thinking about the buckets with lids I have dealt with. Like stinking bank vaults to open.
Exactly, when i first went to my LHBS to get started with basic equipment, i gathered some stuff including the regular lids for the primary bucket, the guy working there happened to be the owner that day, he took me backstore and showed me how it was done, he had about 15 primaries fermenting with this method.

We went back to the front counter and he told me, you can buy the lid and bubbler if you want, but first, try it, put that damn lid on and remove it from your bucket...
I didnt need more than that to be convinced...

Here is another pic of the setup during the initial wild rush of fermentation, when people usually get blow offs and such, one can see it builds a lot of pressure cause i have put some light toys on it to show that fact:


I know it looks silly with the toys on it but it's just to illustrate the fact that it can handle the pressure very nicely.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:23 PM   #15
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Bin bag on fermenting bucket? Damn, thought I was being uniquely resourceful by doing that. I did sanitise it though. Didn't even use elastic on mine, just weighed it down flat over the bucket with a chopping board figuring there'd be more than enough chance for gas to seep out without anything bad getting in. Best beer I've made so far too.

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Old 03-08-2009, 01:33 PM   #16
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There is a tool that you can get to pop the lid off of a bucket, it makes it a lot easier. I myself use carboys also but have delt with trying to pull what seems like a lid that is welded on.... off.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:05 PM   #17
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I must have some weird buckets then because its not a problem getting the lids off, mine are designed in a way that you can just put your finger under the lid and snap it up.
I do trust that method that you use but I just love seeing my airlock bubble.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:22 PM   #18
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I agree watching the airlock bubble away is GRRRREAT!
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:24 PM   #19
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My primary looks like a 10 gallon garbage bucket, with an easy snap on lid, not air tight at all, but tight enough to keep the dust out.

Nothing weird yet, other than when I scooped out some old yeast floaters that looked like rotten hamburger, or my yeast octopus that refused to sink.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:40 PM   #20
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Fermentation without an airlock to dode over and stare at for days on end?!?!?!?!?!?!?! What heracy is this?!?!!!.

 
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