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motorhead

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A mates Dad was chucking out a fermenter, it's in great nick apart from the lid, which I think he cut himself to put an airlock in.
I've given it a good clean with napisan, should I even do some bleach?

The cut is a bit rough, but a good clean should be ok as it doesn't touch the precious beer ;D

Now, my question is in regard to the hole for the stopper. It's 30mm x 30mm. What size rubber stopper should I get to go in this size, as obviously rubber has got some give.

Also, Cheap place to mail order one in Australia, if anyone knows?

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Most people just use gladwrap and the rubber seal that goes in the lid. Less trouble and you can look in to see how its going .
 

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Lid not really needed as per djar007's post. However, replacement lids can be purchased or use the one you have. Absolute Homebrew sell a range of sizes of bungs -drilled and solid, lids, too. Shoot off an enquiry to Pat on their page indicating your hole size and he will advise accordingly
 

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Thanks for your replies. I think I'll give the glad wrap a go. Any special tricks... Literally glad wrap it and seal with the O ring?
Let's ALSO hope the fermenter doesn't have any scratches I can't see ;)
 

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If you cant find an o ring , a big enough or a few daisy chained rubber bands will do the trick to hold the cling wrap on.
 

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it is more about creating a positive pressure than an airtight seal. It isnt airtight as such, but enough to vent a little. Its about getting the air out of the headspace to prevent infection of your beer.
 

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So what if I wanted to brew in these, glad wrap around the hole and an eleastic band around it?

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With those, simply tighten the lid then back it off a touch. If not filled right to the top, gas finds its way out. If filled to the top, gas will still exit but you may get krausen leakage too.

I ferment in cubes all the time - works a treat.
 

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djar007 said:
Most people just use gladwrap and the rubber seal that goes in the lid. Less trouble and you can look in to see how its going .
Dunno...I wouldn't say most people use glad wrap.

I prefer to get rid of the airlock and cover the hole with duct tape.
 

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manticle said:
With those, simply tighten the lid then back it off a touch. If not filled right to the top, gas finds its way out. If filled to the top, gas will still exit but you may get krausen leakage too.

I ferment in cubes all the time - works a treat.
I assume you would have no worries stacking them on top of each other in a chest freezer?

Apologies for hijacking you thread Motorhead
 

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jyo said:
I wouldn't say most people use glad wrap.
Sorry to have misled the OP. Quite a few people use and recommend gladwrap. Or as a politician may say, "I have been made aware that people may or may not be using glad wrap in some way to seal their fermenting vessels".Followed by, " I am not sure of the details and cannot attest to the accuracy of these statements , but as far as I am aware, this practice is said to be taking place".
 

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djar007 said:
Sorry to have misled the OP. Quite a few people use and recommend gladwrap. Or as a politician may say, "I have been made aware that people may or may not be using glad wrap in some way to seal their fermenting vessels".Followed by, " I am not sure of the details and cannot attest to the accuracy of these statements , but as far as I am aware, this practice is said to be taking place".
I think you may have missed your calling :lol: That is assuming you not actually a wanker...ooops, I mean politician.
 

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:icon_offtopic: Well ya know wbosher, two types of blokes in this world. Those that wank and liars.
 

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I've heard that too, but that would imply that politicians aren't wankers, which is clearly incorrect.

Once again, apologies for hijacking your thread Motorhead. Happens a lot around here. :lol:
 

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Ha! I'm glad to have contributed to some good interweb 'discussion'.

I never knew making beer could come under so much 'discussion' either ;)
 

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lmccrone said:
I assume you would have no worries stacking them on top of each other in a chest freezer?

Apologies for hijacking you thread Motorhead
If I had a chest freezer and stacked my cubes, I could tell you.

I have a fridge that holds one cube and I rotate any surplus between that and the water bath on the shed floor. I use willow cubes so they're not the kind of thing I'd be in a hurry to stack even if I could.
 

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So with the Glad Wrapping, do you just pop a small pin prick in it or something, i need a second fermenter one just isnt cutting it anymore.

The only drawback for me is that I bottle straight from the fermenter so the cubes are good but I dont think my little bottleing syphon thingy is going to fit on the tap - but I could be wrong,

Or should i syphon out of the cube and bottle like that?
 

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no need to poke holes, the air will find it's own way out
the bottling wand should fit the tap you'll add to the cube
 

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