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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2015, 02:47:42 AM »
So just picked up on you saying the plastic version has standard stopper / port in that lid. wonder why the heck they didn't do that on the glass version...you would think production would be same lid for both???


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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2015, 02:52:00 AM »
I'm considering going back to glass carboys as my main fermentation vessel.  I have equipment now that practically eliminates the worries I had before. 
1) dropping while carrying - nylon harness goes on before filling for lifting, furniture dolly instead of carrying.
2) dropping while aerating - yes, I actually used to shake a glass carboy with a solid stopper in place... just stupid... I use pure oxygen and a .5 micron stone now
3) dropping while cleaning/sanitizing - Mark's Keg Washer.  Hassle free.
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2015, 03:09:56 AM »
Yep I'm the same way. Personal preference and the debate of,plastic vs glass will likely never end...that's ok. I really like seeing what's going on- taking visual cues from the beer vs taking measurements is one plus I like, and thermal properties of glass is another. Wide mouth on this is nice for hop additions and other without need for funnel or stuffing in small opening.


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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2015, 04:06:16 AM »
i do it for different reason....more geared to new yeast or recipe and i like to keep notes on performance.

Good point!

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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2015, 10:55:36 AM »
So just picked up on you saying the plastic version has standard stopper / port in that lid. wonder why the heck they didn't do that on the glass version...you would think production would be same lid for both???


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The plastic lid has drawbacks too.  It doesn't use a gasket, so some have experienced sealing issues. 
Also, the lid is a two piece design.  The piece with the ports drilled in it is just a bit too flimsy.  A full size blowoff tube can actually put enough leverage on the lid to create a small gap around the softer blowoff tube, leaving an opening for krausen. 

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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2015, 11:29:09 AM »
So just picked up on you saying the plastic version has standard stopper / port in that lid. wonder why the heck they didn't do that on the glass version...you would think production would be same lid for both???


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The plastic lid has drawbacks too.  It doesn't use a gasket, so some have experienced sealing issues. 
Also, the lid is a two piece design.  The piece with the ports drilled in it is just a bit too flimsy.  A full size blowoff tube can actually put enough leverage on the lid to create a small gap around the softer blowoff tube, leaving an opening for krausen.

didn't realize the plastic bubbler lid had no gasket and the other issues you listed. glass bubbler lid is pretty sturdy and has gasket-ive not had any issues sealing at all.
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2015, 06:11:23 PM »
So just picked up on you saying the plastic version has standard stopper / port in that lid. wonder why the heck they didn't do that on the glass version...you would think production would be same lid for both???


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The plastic lid has drawbacks too.  It doesn't use a gasket, so some have experienced sealing issues. 
Also, the lid is a two piece design.  The piece with the ports drilled in it is just a bit too flimsy.  A full size blowoff tube can actually put enough leverage on the lid to create a small gap around the softer blowoff tube, leaving an opening for krausen.

didn't realize the plastic bubbler lid had no gasket and the other issues you listed. glass bubbler lid is pretty sturdy and has gasket-ive not had any issues sealing at all.
I have three of the 6.5 gal. plastic Big Mouth Bubblers.  They are tall and skinny and two will fit in my brew fridge.  I have had sealing issues with all.  However, I have come up with a gasket design that solves the problem.  I'll start a thread with a "how to" and some pictures when I get some time (hopefully soon).
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2015, 09:26:08 PM »
I'm in the pro-glass camp.

I'll be curious to hear what you think of whatever stainless fermentors you purchase, if you end up going that route.
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2015, 05:11:50 AM »
I'll be curious to hear what you think of whatever stainless fermentors you purchase, if you end up going that route.

I am on the fence with stainless because my standard primary volume is between 3.33 and 3.5 gallons. Back in the bad old days when I used an actual Ringwood culture as my house yeast, I used to use a 38.5 quart Vollrath stockpot as my "open" fermentation vessel.  The beauty of the Vollrath stock pots is that they do not have riveted handles.

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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2015, 05:04:01 PM »
I am on the fence with stainless because my standard primary volume is between 3.33 and 3.5 gallons.

Have you ever tried fermenting in a 5 gallon corny keg?  You can cold crash without introducing any oxygen (though I know you are not worried about that) and rack under pressure right into the serving keg.

I used to ferment in 10 gallon cornies before I picked up one of these guys: http://www.ssbrewtech.com/collections/fermenters/products/the-brewmaster-bucket

The two drawbacks I found to fermenting in cornies are that the small lid makes cleaning more difficult (though not impossible and not as difficult as a carboy) and you need to either shorten the dip tube or take steps to limit the amount of hop material into the fermentor, otherwise the liquid out tube can get clogged (again, not an insurmountable  task).
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2015, 05:16:57 PM »
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I used to ferment in 10 gallon cornies before I picked up one of these guys: http://www.ssbrewtech.com/collections/fermenters/products/the-brewmaster-bucke


that's pretty nifty. 10 gal? any draw backs you've found?
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2015, 06:35:29 PM »
that's pretty nifty. 10 gal? any draw backs you've found?

Other than what I noted above, just the price.  I got a decent deal on one through Ebay, the other I purchased as a factory refurb from CHI.

http://www.chicompany.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=376_1_44&products_id=1073

Good instructions for the keg to keg transfer under pressure (though personally I would never try it with a glass vessel): http://www.thebeerjournals.com/Racking.html

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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2015, 04:59:39 AM »
You just need to bend the dip tube so there's a 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of deadspace. I cut a couple and wish I hadn't until I discovered that, duh, you can just bend the suckers. Pretty much relieves that point. Cleaning them with a brush is easy enough. I'd get a couple 10 gallon kegs, but they're pricey. Heard about the chico company ones, but buying a factory second makes me kinda nervous, like it's going to have some sh!te weld that makes it impossible to sanitize.

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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2015, 05:14:55 PM »
Heard about the chico company ones, but buying a factory second makes me kinda nervous, like it's going to have some sh!te weld that makes it impossible to sanitize.

I think they either didn't have that disclaimer up on their site when I purchased mine or I just didn't notice it, as it would have made me nervous as well.  The keg I received was in perfect condition though.
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Re: big mouth bubbler
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2015, 05:24:46 AM »
I have a 5 gallon and 6.5 gallon big mouth. I've only used them once each but I have plans to use these for secondary in the future. They seem like they will lend themselves nicely to fruit additions or dry hopping. Removal of additions and subsequent clean up will be easier.