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Old 03-06-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default How to keep stopper in carboy

First brew here and I have racked by beer into a carboy and notice that the stopper (bung) keeps popping up. I'm sure its due to the carboy being wet from star san, well I thinks that's what it is.

I am using a universal carboy bung, so I used electric tape to keep it down. But is there a secret method?

RE: Universal carboy bungs have a generous taper, so they fit standard 3, 5, 6 and 6.5 gallon carboys. It is impossible to push carboy bungs into a carboy. Unlike stoppers, carboy bungs will seal a carboy when they are still wet.


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Old 03-06-2008, 11:52 PM   #2
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I just dry off the inside lip of the carboy and the bung with a paper towel...


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Old 03-07-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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i did the same thing
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:29 AM   #4
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I usually just sanitize and then let the stopper dry, then as others have said wipe out the mouth of the carboy with a paper towel.

I know what you are going through though, I had the same problem with my first carboy. Just be glad you didn't push the stopper all the way through like I did!

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LOL!
I just had this same issue just the other night on my first attempt to brew anything (Eds Apfelwein)!

After everything was all set, I put the stopper/airlock in and it would just slide on up.
Did this a couple times and figures it had to be some of the Star San sitting on the plug and bung.
So, I placed plug on a paper towel for a few minutes and put it back with no sliding issue.



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Just be glad you didn't push the stopper all the way through like I did!

When I bought the carboy, the LHBS peeps warned me about that lol!
What would one do if it did happen I've been wondering!?

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When I bought the carboy, the LHBS peeps warned me about that lol!
What would one do if it did happen I've been wondering!?
Sanitize a new one and use that. Leave the other in the carboy until you rack/bottle.
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Sanitize a new one and use that. Leave the other in the carboy until you rack/bottle.


But in the long term, how does one get the stopper out?
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:35 PM   #8
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But in the long term, how does one get the stopper out?
Do something like this.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uL1ovAYtKuQ
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Hey...thats a pretty neat trick!
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Use Carboy Caps.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/reviews/...arboy-caps.jpg


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