Thermawrap stopper problem

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Brewme

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Does anyone have an issue with the soft rubber stopper that came with their Thermawrap heater/temp controller? I called Morebeer.com and they have not heard of this issue before. The stopper I have has to be jammed into the mouth of the carboy (5 gallon) and several times I have almost pushed it through all the way. When fermentation is over, getting it out is very difficult. I have to pry it out with two screw drivers...not the best conditions! It seems the stopper is too big of 5 gallon carboys, but it is a special stopper b/c it has two holes in it, one for the ss probe and the other for the airlock. Anyone else run into this?
 

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Are trying to put it in wet, especially wet with StarSan? If so, that is probably your problem.
Try a quick dunk in rubbing alcohol and let it mostly dry. It should go in an stay put without any problems then.
 
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I do put it in wet. Staying put is only part of the problem. How are you getting it out without destroying the stopper?
 

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By trying the method I mentioned, you shouldn't have to bury it nearly so deep. That makes extraction much easier simply by using a rocking motion.
 
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