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cliffo

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Hey Guys,

I bought a couple of the 25L drums from Bunnings and have to drill a hole to fit the grommet. Can anyone tell me what size the hole should be to fit the grommet snugly?

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I think you'll be safe with 1/2" (13mm) holes, this seems to be the norm. The grommets do vary though.

FWIW Grain and Grape have some larger 3-piece airlocks, made from a softer translucent plastic and having a tapered tube, so I've been using these pushed into the hole with no grommet. A lot less messing around. You'll need a larger hole (16mm).

Another option is to use a drilled rubber bung in a 1" (26mm) hole.

Grommets suck.

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Oh, and if you are going to use a grommet try to avoid putting it in the lowest point in the middle of the lid - any liquid that collects in the lid (eg condensation, spills etc) will try to seep through the hole and into your brew. I don't think grommets seal very well.
 

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Clifffo

12mm is the correct size for an airtight fit.

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vin said:
Clifffo

12mm is the correct size for an airtight fit.

Cheers
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Spot on, 12mm. The lid of one of my 32L plastic fermenters has a 13mm airlock hole. Have to use the two piece airlocks with it as the S bend type will not seal properly (they have a slightly smaller OD tube). Mistakenly drilled 13mm holes in the caps of some of my 2L starter bottle caps (missed by 1mm) and have the same problem with them.
 

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Thanks guys...off to Bunnings I go.... :)

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Wortgames said:
Another option is to use a drilled rubber bung in a 1" (26mm) hole.



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hi wortgames,

this sounds like a good idea, have you used it without any problems ?

cheers
yard
 

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I have seen airlocks with rubber on the bottom, gets rid of the grommet and gives you an airtight seal in a 12mm hole.

Can't remember where I saw them though..
 

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yard glass said:
Wortgames said:
Another option is to use a drilled rubber bung in a 1" (26mm) hole.
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this sounds like a good idea, have you used it without any problems ?
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Hi Yard Glass,

I've used it in demijohns plenty of times. I haven't tried it in a plastic lid but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

Here's someone using it in a converted keg fermenter:

kegferm.jpg

:beer: WG
 

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Bought two of these barrels today wondering how did you make the hole did you drill it or did you use a wad punch? Don't want to split the lid... Thoughts?
 

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You do realise this thread is ten years old?
As mentioned above, drill it out. Be sure to place a bit of wood under it to prevent cracking.
Or ditch the plastic lid for gladwrap. Just use the lids o ring to hold it in place.
 

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No I didn't realize it was that old OK thanks will drtill it.
 

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