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Old 11-23-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default primary fermenter without airlock?

with my first batch i may have messed up - i mixed it in the primary then siphoned it into the carboy to ferment right off the bat.

my primary fermenter is simply a large bin with a lid. seems like it seals quite well. however, it doesnt have an airlock.

will thise pose a problem during primary fermentation? the instructiosn that came with the kit only mention the airlock during the secondary fermentation once it's in the carboy.

is it a good idea/good practice to seal all of the good stuff in? or does some need to come out?


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Old 11-23-2006, 08:21 AM   #2
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It will explode, you better have an airlock on that, there is an enormous ammount of CO2 produced during fermentation.

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Old 11-23-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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bin? sorry man doesnt sound like a good plan.
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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You definately need some sort of airlock, or some way of getting the CO2 out. I always use an airlock, and once it got completely clogged with gunk from the fermentation and blew the lock out ... including almost a gallon of brew all over the kitchen floor, walls, ceilling (wife was not impressed...but I thought it was pretty funny).
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Old 11-23-2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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Contrary to popular belief, you don't NEED an airlock, but it is a nice insurance policy. I'd recommend getting one, but in the meantime, make sure your fermenter DOES NOT have a good seal. Crack the lid a bit to let CO2 out so you don't wind up with a big mess.
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Old 11-23-2006, 05:20 PM   #6
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I'm with Yuri on this one. Crack the seal and it should be alright.

On the other hand, what the hell is a "bin"? One of those RubberMaid storage bins? They're not food grade. Your beer WILL taste like plastic!
IMO you just wasted a lot of time and $$$...but look at the experience you've gained...(that's why we are here so you don't waste your time and $$$ - we try to keep you and everyone else from screwing up and getting it right the FIRST TIME!!).

Go buy a primary bucket! Leave the bin for the sweaters...
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Or get a free pickle bucket. It would be better to have a pickle flavored beer than a plastic one. You might even develop a new style of beer - pickle beer.
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Or get a free pickle bucket. It would be better to have a pickle flavored beer than a plastic one. You might even develop a new style of beer - pickle beer.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:39 PM   #9
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it looks exactly like this

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You've got the right kind of bucket, it seems - crack the lid slightly open for now, get an airlock when you can.

I think "bin" is a British term...I'm surprised they don't spell it "buin," though...they like extraneous u's.


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