Before you do anything else, I'd fill it with room-temperature water to make sure it'll hold a seal. If not, you may have to let the wood swell for a few days before the leaking slows to an acceptable rate.
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This weekend I will take two cups of beer and boil it to remove the ethanol and once it has cooled. I will add enough water to bring back up to two cups and recheck the hydrometer reading. This should give me an accurate reading of the Real Extract value and then be able to calculate what the actual residual sugar is still in the beer. Thanks for your ideas. Will update.
I want to do the same thing, but only have one of the really small min-fridges. Has anybody had any luck in "blowing this out" to make a large enough box to put a carboy into?
Now go buy your own damn bacon. In bulk.
Alcohol is loaded with calories. Fermenting a beer to 1.000 (or lower) makes very little difference in it's caloric content.
there is more than enough CO2 generated to fill and purge 2.5 gallons of headspace.