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Old 08-28-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
Aug 2009
geneva il
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20 Gallon Fermenting Bucket & Lid - Buckets - Fermenting Equipment - Equipment

I purchased a bucket just like this from my local home brew shop. I noticed that this lid is secured by the metal hooks on it but it does not snap down and create a seal like my 6 gal bucket lids do. Since this is not air tight should I 1. use this as a primary fermenter (or return it)? and 2. install an air lock on it? I know that this will keep junk from getting into the beer but how important is it that it be air tight? I can also cut a piece of plywood and get some tie downs to put more pressure on the lid.

Any comments or suggestions would be great!


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Old 08-28-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
Aug 2008
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The bucket does not need to be airtight. It just needs to keep the nasties out. The production of CO2 by the yeast will help a lot too. You don't even need an airlock if it's not air tight.

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Old 07-19-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
Apr 2009
Northern Kentucky
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I've been wondering lately... with that amount of beer in a container, is there a greater risk of creating too much CO2 and blowing the lid off? Or does the fact that it's not airtight reduce the risk since the gas is continually leaking out?

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
Jun 2007
Riverside Ca
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The gas will leak out.. Airtight is an issue for long term storage.

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:03 AM   #5
Mar 2010
Vancouver Island BC
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I've got a couple of these that I use for big batches. They're great. Never had a problem with them. And, they're so easy to clean.

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Old 07-21-2010, 04:43 PM   #6
Jan 2008
Roseville, CA
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I just got a Brute to ferment in and plan on putting a blow off tube in. I've also seen that you can use a bike inner tube as a gasket for the lid.

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