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Old 11-15-2012, 01:12 AM   #1
Jan 2011
Fair Haven, VT
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I just transfered an imperial oatmeal stout to secondary. It's been a while since I've done anything in a carboy, and I noticed that the stopper keeps sliding up the lip of the carboy instead of staying snug in the neck. I'm going to the homebrew shop on Saturday, so I'll probably pick up another stopper and see if that does the trick. If that doesn't work, are there any suggestions for keeping the carboy airtight for long periods? I'm planning on leaving it in secondary for at least a few months, throw a vanilla bean in there for a week or so before bottling.

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #2
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Assuming that the bung and carboy neck are wet with sanitizer? Just dry the area with a clean paper towel and all will be fine

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:23 AM   #3
Jan 2012
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i keep a roll of 6 inch stretch wrap, buy Lowes. good for multiple uses. two or three wraps around top of carboy and bung. nothjing moves. Easy to remove later.

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:55 AM   #4
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If either the bung or the Carboy are wet it will not stay in. Dry off with a towel and it will stay just fine.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:45 AM   #5
Oct 2011
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What they said
Screw it, Lets brew it

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Primary 3- Monks Reward (Kreuzberg)
Kegged - Honey Badger, Heady topper clone 1, Indian Paleface Scalper
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:20 AM   #6
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Why keep it airtight? Put a cap and airlock on instead and keep the airlock filled with water/vodka/sanitizer. Any continued fermentation will be building up pressure inside a sealed container.

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Old 11-15-2012, 06:53 AM   #7
Oct 2011
vancouver, B.C.
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carboy cap.

I frequently have the same problem.

another advantage to carboy cap is when you are ready to rack you can pull out your airlock and put your siphon hose down through the same hole. Remove the other cap and apply low CO2 pressure (or blow on it... yuck!) to start your siphon flowing (then remove the CO2 pressure)

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:21 AM   #8
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Raymond, Washington
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I like the caps.
It's even more important to have everything dry when you use one of those, or at least I had more problems.
Let's see if I keep this updated!

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Black Butte clone

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #9
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i like the cap but a few tight rounds with regular saran wrap / cling film will do the trick, like those weird luggage mummifiers in airports

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
May 2012
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+1 to drying the bung.
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