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jehahn

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Hi folks,

My dad passed onto me his homebrew equipment (out of use for probably 10 years). I brewed my first batch last night and put it to ferment into the plastic tub with the spigot (not a great idea I've found after reading on line here). This morning I've discovered a slow leak in the spigot. I have another spigotless bucket as well. Can I transfer (with my plastic tubing) the beer from the spigot bucket to the no-spigot bucket at this stage in the game or would that be a problem? If I can't transfer any ideas on how to stop the leak?

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Jason
 
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It's not ideal, but if you can't stop the leak, you may have no choice. (I hate those cheap spigots.) If it's leaking around the outside of the valve, sometimes a gentle twist will seal things by reorienting the rubber seal.

If you have to transfer, sanitize everything carefully and do your best not to splash or otherwise oxygenate the wort.
 

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I has a small leak but solved it by moving it a touch away from the off position towards the on. Weird I know but if I squeezed it to far in the off position, it leaked.
 

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I had the same problem. I soon realised that it was not the best set up. My leak was slow enought that i was able to put some paper towels underneath the spigot, and it eventually stopped. Then when i went to bottle my brew i had discovered that the nut that was screwed onto the spigot was totally off and floating in my beer. luckily me it didnt blow!
 

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I had the same problem. I soon realised that it was not the best set up. My leak was slow enought that i was able to put some paper towels underneath the spigot, and it eventually stopped. Then when i went to bottle my brew i had discovered that the nut that was screwed onto the spigot was totally off and floating in my beer. luckily me it didnt blow!
Yikes!

Sounds like a lucky near miss!
 
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