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Fermenting Vessel Question!

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mattp215215
beers 1 º 12:26 Thu 11/8/2012

Alright just getting started brewing...want to experiment with a bunch of small batches, so my question is can I use glass bottles such as wine bottles to ferment if I simply fit an airlock snuggly through a cork? If this doesnt work, does anyone have suggestions for other small/inexpensive containers that would work? really dont know what the hell Iím doing but I figured getting as many little batches going would be the quickest way to learn.

Thanks!

 
bgburdman9
beers 860 º places 24 º 12:36 Thu 11/8/2012

A wine bottle would be pretty small to ferment in unless you only want to get 2 bottles out of each small batch. You probably wouldnt even get 2 bottles out of it due to trub and transfer. Even transferring that small of an amount would be difficult. I have a couple 1 gallon glass jugs that previously help whole foods cider that work pretty well for a small batch. I dont think I would use anything smaller than that. I normally dont even ferment in these but use them for trying different dry hops and fruit additions in secondary.

 
JMerritt
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beers 1894 º places 72 º 13:05 Thu 11/8/2012

Originally posted by mattp215215
really dont know what the hell Iím doing but I figured getting as many little batches going would be the quickest way to learn.


I think many little batches may introduce more variables than you want to deal with starting out. I may recommend doing a standard 5-6 gallon batch first to get your techniques (brewing and sanitizing) down first.

 
mattp215215
beers 1 º 13:19 Thu 11/8/2012

thanks for the input...so basically it would be a better idea to get some gallon containers and make a 5 gallon batch then mess with dry hopping and whatnot?

 
mattp215215
beers 1 º 13:26 Thu 11/8/2012

Also, in general would a snug fitting cork with an airlock work fine?

 
Quasimodo
beers 217 º 13:41 Thu 11/8/2012

It might allow the cork to pop out before the wine bottle explodes. Play it safe and avoid fermenting in a wine bottle.

 
JMerritt
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beers 1894 º places 72 º 13:48 Thu 11/8/2012

I highly recommend you read this before you begin, it will answer most of your questions and give you good idea of what to expect.

http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

Also, where do you live? Is there a homebrewing club or store nearby?

 
mattp215215
beers 1 º 12:05 Fri 11/9/2012

ok exploding is no good...I actually have read a lot of how to brew, I live in the middle of just about no where for the moment, but I did order a brew kit off northern brewer

 
kevincanto
19:45 Tue 1/29/2013

Thank you very much everyone on your pleasant pointers youíve shared. This is actually helpful to me.

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