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Old 11-09-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Want to use my bottling bucket as a fermenter just so I can do another brew. But when I'm bottling, beer leaks out a little from behind the seal. I have the nut down as tight as I can and it still does it. Suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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Sometimes if you tighten the nut too much the rubber washer distorts and will cause a leak.

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Get another ferment bucket. If the bottling bucket leaks a little while bottling, it's going to leak for the whole fermentation period. I wouldn't trust it even if you think you have the leak stopped. I have broken off the threads of a bottling bucket valve trying to tighten it to stop a leak, so I would use caution. Another thought, the valve/spigot would get pretty nasty sitting in the trub/yeast that settles at the bottom. It would probably be hard to clean and worst case scenario, could increase chance of infection. I would get a 7.8 gallon bucket,.

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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get new spigot parts/ use keg lube

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'll probably go ahead and get a new bucket. Sounds like it might be my best option.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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I use buckets with spigots to ferment in and experienced the same thing. I bought an additional seal and put one on the inside and one on the outside of the bucket and no more leaks!
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