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Old 01-14-2006, 11:25 PM   #1
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So I'm racking my amber ale to the secondary and everything is going amazingly smoothly. I'm on the way to the best batch of beer I've ever made. I got it all siphoned in, went to put the fermentation lock on and pushed the rubber stopper all the way into the carboy.

After I have bottled my "rubber stopper beer" does anyone have any advice on how to get the stopper back out of the carboy? My first thought is that it could be a long and arduous process unless I can figure out the right tool to do it with.

 
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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Use a wire coat hanger. Hope it comes out as easily as it went in.

 
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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Drop a corner of a dish towel in there, and then get the bung to roll onto the towel, then just yank er out. Seriously.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:09 AM   #4
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Or just leave it in. It'll sterilize with the inside of the carboy. You'll be making "Falsie" beer- tastes like rubber !

 
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:26 AM   #5
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Or just leave it in. It'll sterilize with the inside of the carboy. You'll be making "Falsie" beer- tastes like rubber !
That's partly what I'm worried about. Hope the beer doesn't taste like rubber. I guess I'm more concerned about getting it out once the beer is out of the carboy. Do you think I should put in in another carboy now, or just leave it?


 
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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Once the ale is done and you've flushed out the carboy, turn it neck down and shake the stopper into the neck. Poke a slightly bent coat hanger into the hole and hook the bottom of the stopper with the bent portion.

Get larger stopper.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:43 AM   #7
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Any cooties that were on the outward side of the stopper will already be in the beer, though you'll probably be fine.

As for rubber taste?? Hard to say. Probably wouldn't do a long term rest on the rubber if I was you.

Just siphon into another carboy if it worries you.
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Old 01-15-2006, 01:18 AM   #8
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Stoppers aren't rubber, are they? Aren't they neoprene or some space-age plastic??? ie, there's a good chance it won't add any "rubber" flavour??
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:02 AM   #9
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One of my tips is to push your airlock into the bung FIRST then push the bung into the carboy opening.

The airlock will stretch the bung and make it wider than the opening in the carboy thus eliminating this "bung beer phenomenon".
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might want to buy a stopper thats about .5 bigger (ie 6.5 instead of 6)
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