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Old 02-14-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default 1 gallon plastic water jug for starter?

As a relatively new BIAB all grain brewer, I still have yet to really delve into liquid yeasts. My friend and I are planning on brewing a belgian tripel this weekend, and we definitely need a liquid yeast with a sizable starter.

Is there anything potentially wrong with using a well-sanitized one gallon plastic Poland Spring water jug as the fermenting vessel for the inevitably large starter we will need? Thanks!


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Old 02-14-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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I usually use an empty growler with an airlock adapted lid. The lid cost me about a dollar and I already had a bunch of air locks sitting around. Before this I was using an oversized champagne bottle with a bunch of foil. Couldn't really tell if the yeast ever started but it worked every time, lucky I guess.


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Old 02-14-2012, 07:07 PM   #3
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I wouldn't see why that jug wouldn't work since it had water in it previously and if it is properly sanitized. I also use an empty growler myself.

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I usually use an empty growler with an airlock adapted lid.
Hopnotch, you should just use a piece of foil placed loosely over the top of the growler as the yeast need oxygen to reproduce. If you're using an airlock they'll be trapped in a CO2 environment. The foil will be enough to prevent contamination.
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I use them all the time, no problems. Just sanitize and cover with some foil and you should be good to go.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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Very cool, thanks for the responses, everyone!


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