Hey all, I just started reading the forums and yesterday I attempted to get rolling on my brewing fun. I did pretty well with prep, boiling times, temps and ice and things were running smoothly until I went to put my airlock on the bucket cap. I knocked in the rubber stopper inside the pale however reading up here since I sanitized like a mad man I thought id still be ok. So I put some tape around the airlock and got a good seal into the hole on the top.
Things were looking good this morning before I left work however when I got home this evening I found the following:
The top of the bucket had popped off and floating on a cloud of sugar horror.
I know this batch is done for but I want to learn from my mistakes. The top was definitely sealed tight but would a makeshift airlock really do this?
Any insights or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.