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Old 09-14-2008, 04:36 AM   #1
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My middle child is in town to get married tomorrow. Friday I was kidding with him and told him to go buy me a 3 gallon Better Bottle. Today I came home from the barber to find a 3 gallon Better Bottle with the orange carboy cap next to my chair. The stinker went out and got me one. Thats a great boy.

So my question is will the orange carboy cap fit tight enough on the 3 gal. BB to use with an airlock. It snaps on but there is some up and down play on it. Ive seen them used with the 5 gal BB. If its not going to be a good enough fit I can get a #10 stopper for it.

Its good to have kids
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:57 AM   #2
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It probably isn't air tight, but you don't REALLY need it to be. As long as CO2 is coming out, nothing is going in and it won't be getting oxidized, hell a lot of European brewers use open fermenters. I would avoid using it for long term aging though, as it's oxygen permeability is probably pretty high, and will oxidize the beer. I would be too uneasy using an unsealed bottle though, and #10 stopper are only a couple bucks.
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:08 PM   #3
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If needed, put a zip-tie on it.
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:44 PM   #4
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Ditto on the zip tie.

I tried that with my daughter and all she gave me was a poop filled diaper.
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:35 PM   #5
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Ditto on the zip tie.

I tried that with my daughter and all she gave me was a poop filled diaper.
Thats why I had Sons
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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I use the orange cap on my BBs. It has the same amount of 'play', but it's tight enough of a seal to make my blow-off tube or airlocks bubble. As the guys said above, even if it weren't air tight, it's unlikely anything will get inside.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:50 PM   #7
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Your sons don't poop?! Man, wish someone had told me that back before I had girls...
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:30 AM   #8
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Well they must not. The wife swears we are all full of poop all the time.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:42 PM   #9
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I have 2 six gallon Better Bottles and 2 of those orange caps...but I'm afraid to use them because they just don't feel tight. No "snapping on" really...just more of a "getting on there". There is play. Are you guys saying that's ok? Are they alright to use on my primary?

 
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:11 AM   #10
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So I noticed that AustinHomeBrew says to use the red cap on the 3, 5, 6 gallon BBs. So I asked Forrest and his reply was, "The orange one is too loose. The Burgundy cap is harder to put on but it is a snug fit. You can use the orange one but the airlock won't work." Well that makes sense to me. I know the red cap is smaller and as long as they say it will fit I'm going to get one and save my orange for times when I use a glass carboy.
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