Quantcast

Sealing Lid ?

Aussie Home Brewer

Help Support Aussie Home Brewer:

normell

Winter's Flat's #1 Brewer, now that XXXX have move
Joined
14/12/04
Messages
765
Reaction score
0
Hi Guys, I use a screw top fermenter, and am finding it hard to get the bloody thing to seal properly.
Put a new seal on for last brew, but still can't get a movement out of my airlock.
What do you PPL do, vasaline or just water.
Or do I need a new fermenter
 

ghos

Member
Joined
7/6/04
Messages
5
Reaction score
1
Hi,
Don't worry about it. Some fermenters are poorly designed.
If you're getting a brown, cruddy foam on top of the wort then everything is going alright.

ghos.
 

fergi

Well-Known Member
Joined
20/10/04
Messages
991
Reaction score
5
hi normell
well i used to have a bit of trouble sealing my lids,and although i dont think this is a great problem i still prefer an air tight one,what i do is being a k& k person when i finish pouring my can of coopers etc into my fermenter there is always a bit of the malt left in the can so i just put the finger into the can and scrape out some of the malt and smear this on the rubber o ring then pour a little bit of boiled water onto the ring ,then i put the lid back on and with the extra lube it seals itself without grabbing the o ring and distorting it
cheers
fergi
 

sosman

beerling
Joined
16/2/04
Messages
1,461
Reaction score
4
NRB said:
I had that problem, until I realised I could turn the lid a fair bit more under a lot of pressure. Once I'd done that it all worked really well.
I nearly gave myself a hernia trying to get a lid off for a brew that I was determined to have no leaks.

Now I don't bother. Sometimes I do remember to put some food grade grease on the lip of the fermenter and this makes life easy.
 

NRB

Well-Known Member
Joined
25/11/04
Messages
1,028
Reaction score
6
sosman said:
I nearly gave myself a hernia trying to get a lid off for a brew that I was determined to have no leaks.
I forgot to mention the negative side to it ;)
 

jgriffin

No Longer Brewin!
Joined
16/5/04
Messages
981
Reaction score
0
fergi said:
hi normell
well i used to have a bit of trouble sealing my lids,and although i dont think this is a great problem i still prefer an air tight one,what i do is being a k& k person when i finish pouring my can of coopers etc into my fermenter there is always a bit of the malt left in the can so i just put the finger into the can and scrape out some of the malt and smear this on the rubber o ring then pour a little bit of boiled water onto the ring ,then i put the lid back on and with the extra lube it seals itself without grabbing the o ring and distorting it
cheers
fergi
Sounds like a recipe for infection to me.
 

Vlad the Pale Aler

Cereal Killer
Joined
7/3/04
Messages
1,146
Reaction score
3
If you have plenty of headroom in the fermenter you wont get much airlock activity, as long as you get some sort of krausen your beer should be safe.
Some brewers dont even use a sealed fermenter, just a sterilised towel over the top of the bucket.
 

gybrid

Member
Joined
26/8/04
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
I found the best way to get a lock is to rinse the lid under hot water, put your airlock into the lid then screw the lid on the fermenter. When you hit the point where it starts to get tight, keep going about 3 cm around and it should be sweet. If you go further then that its a real pain to get it off again.
 

Scotty

Well-Known Member
Joined
5/10/04
Messages
233
Reaction score
0
Normell, i know exactly what you mean. I am assuming its a coopers fermenter and on one side there is a little gap. what i have done is got a clamp between the handle and the lid and tightend it and i gat a perfect seal. Then push the side of the fermenter and if the water in the airlock moves its a perfect seal if not check the whole seal to see any more gaps. Hope this helps,

Scotty
 

iand

Member
Joined
10/9/04
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
normell said:
Hi Guys, I use a screw top fermenter, and am finding it hard to get the bloody thing to seal properly.
Put a new seal on for last brew, but still can't get a movement out of my airlock.
What do you PPL do, vasaline or just water.
Or do I need a new fermenter
When I have this problem I use a piece 50x25 mm timber I'v cut to fit in between the notches of the lid. I tighnen and loosen the lid with this piece of timber while the tap is held against yhe body. make sure the seal has not become unglued at the join and the small seal for the air lock is ok


HOPES THIS HELPS
 

Latest posts

Top