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Ale Pail Problems

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Ale Pail Problems

Postby Legman » Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:50 pm

Has anyone ever experienced the lid on an "Ale Pail" not sealing up correctly?
I've got one that when the lid is on all the way, there is a couple of spots that still leak unless I pinch them together. But when I let go of them, it leaks again.
The guy at my brew shop says he's never experienced this in 15 years. I don't think he believes me.
I got a new lid. It didn't fix the problem.
Anyone had this problem? Any solutions?
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leaking pail cover

Postby slothrob » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:35 pm

It's a pretty common problem.
It's not really anything to worry about.
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Solution - Carboy

Postby brewmeisterintng » Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:56 am

I'm a little fuzzy on why people are using plastic buckets when there is glass available.
Buckets are cheaper but have a shorter life.
Buckets will scratch and harbor bacteria.
Glass allow the brewer to observe without opening. Just be cautious of extended exposure to UV light.
You can dry hop in both but easier with a bucket.
Carboys will break if dropped.
Buckets are OK for starters but I would classify carboys as an upgrade.
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Buckets

Postby slothrob » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:44 am

I think that a lot of people have gone back to buckets after hearing horror stories of people being cut when a carboy breaks.

As well as being safer, they're lighter, cheaper, easier to clean, and they block light.

Buckets really are fine for all but long term aging. I think people should be comfortable using whatever they have a prefernce for. I think the big glass bottles are kind of cool, and it's fun to watch the yeast, but there's no real reason that I use them instead of buckets for what I brew.
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Re: Solution - Carboy

Postby billvelek » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:22 pm

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Bucket vs Carboy

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Re: Bucket vs Carboy

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Carboy Horror Stories

Postby slothrob » Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:31 pm

Here's a list of broken carboy , for anyone interested.
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Re: Carboy Horror Stories

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Re: Carboy Horror Stories

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Fish net to protect you from broken carboys??

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Saran Wrap might work

Postby billvelek » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:49 pm

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Gamma Seals

Postby Legman » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:12 am

I was just browsing the internet and ran across this.
http://www.gammaplastics.com/new/GSL.html
Looks interesting. I wonder how well that would work for leaky bucket fermenters. Just drill a hole for an airlock and it's done.

Anyone ever seen or used it before???
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