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Old 01-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #11
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Thanks guys.

I have a theif coming.

It would be nice to have a lid like one of those paint buckets where you can just unscrew a small cap.
I like that idea. Wonder if a 3/4" drill bit and a 3/4" PVC cap would work? You've inspired me.



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Old 01-23-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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Probably wouldn't seal well around those threads. But you could epoxy the female version of that plug to the lid. Then you'd just need some Teflon tape and... This is getting too complicated. Just pull the top off.


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Old 01-23-2013, 04:49 PM   #13
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Personally I don't like threads to many places for crap to hide and the lids are so thin would probably be easy to strip out. But you can buy solid or drilled stoppers in many sizes to add an access port on top.
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I just pull the top off. But, I only open the lid a couple of times usually:

1. Pitch the yeast after the wort is at pitching temps.
2. (optional) Add dry hops or adjunct.
3. Preparing to rack to keg.


There's usually no reason to keep cracking the thing open mid-fermentation.


As for taking samples, what I do is sanitize a little taster glass or coffee/tea cup. Easy to get that thing perfectly sterilized if you boil it in water, etc. but I typically just make sure it's good and clean, and spray it with star san. Then I remove the lid, and dip the cup into the fermenter to pull my sample. No need to go crazy with a wine thief if you have open access to the wort/beer. For a carboy, naturally, the thief makes more sense.
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I get my samples out of my plastic fermenters with the spigots atached to them after spraying some starsan into th spout to sanitize it first.
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Probably wouldn't seal well around those threads. But you could epoxy the female version of that plug to the lid. Then you'd just need some Teflon tape and... This is getting too complicated. Just pull the top off.
Haha...yes. I think you're right.
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I was thinking something more along the lines of having the male threads on the outside of the lid....
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I just pull the airlock stopper out and get a sample with a straw. I only need enough for a refractometer reading.
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You could do something like this:



Drill a hole, insert the coupler so the threads are on the outside of the lid. Silicone it in place.

Then as long as the screw cap had a gasket on it, your golden.



Edit: I'm actually going to do this to my next fermenter.
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You could do something like this:



Drill a hole, insert the coupler so the threads are on the outside of the lid. Silicone it in place.

Then as long as the screw cap had a gasket on it, your golden.



Edit: I'm actually going to do this to my next fermenter.
now that looks like a cool idea!


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