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Old 01-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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I searched around a decent bit so I wouldn't get yelled at and couldn't find a solid answer on the following...

My LHBS is closed for the rest of the weekend and I ran out of rubber stoppers for all my fermenters...waiting to transfer isn't an option...bought a cork stopper at home depot...is it okay to use this to plug a secondary fermenter? Or will it let in too much oxygen?


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Old 01-29-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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It is def. going to let in more oxygen and it would be a lot harder to sanitize but if it is temporary I wouldn't fret it too much.


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Just until I can bottle what's in my other secondary, which would be tomorrow (drank too much to bottle right now)...then I can sanitize that stopper and use for this brew...is a day with the cork okay?
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Cork stoppers have been used forever to make beer. You should be fine with cork.
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One day is nothing to worry about, 1 month is nothing to worry about. The more oxygen the beer gets during fermentation the more esters and other yummies you might get.
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What about using a bucket instead of a glass carboy for secondary fermentation? Any downside to that? Sorry for the noob paranoia...
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no, IMHO there is no downside to that. Or, you could just cover the top of the secondary fermenter with aluminum foil and a rubber band for temporary until you can get a new stopper tomorrow or monday.


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