15 Sep
2010
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Home Brewing: How to Get the Rubber Stopper Out of a Glasss Carboy

A few weeks back I had transferred my beer from the primary fermenter into the secondary fermenter Glass Carboy.

After all the beer was transferred to bottles and ready for the stopper and airlock, I proceeded to put it in place.  The stopper, and the glass carboy were both wet, so when I applied a little pressure to the stopper to fit onto the carboy, it shot right through the opening and into the beer.

I didn’t have a choice but to tape up the top of the carboy with the airlock in place.  It worked well though!

Once it came time to get the stopper out, I was a little nervous to how I was going to do it, but it turned out to be pretty easy to get a rubber stopper out of a glass carboy.

How to get a Rubber Stopper out of a Glass Carboy
Once you are done transferring all your beer from the glass carboy into bottles, rinse out the inside of the carboy.  Easy to do outside with a hose.

Once the carboy is all rinsed out, just grab a pair of needle nose pliers. Hold the glass carboy upside down so that the rubber stopper will come as close to the opening as possible. You may have to juggle it up and down a little to get it into the right position to grab.

Get the rubber stopper so that the hole in the center is facing down, towards the opening of the carboy.  Stick your pliers into the carboy and have on of the ends of the needle nose pliers go through the hole in the rubber stopper, and have the other go on the outside of the stopper.  Squeeze tight and yank it out.

It should slip right out, but make sure the glass and the rubber stopper are both wet.  If its dry, you will have some trouble getting that thing out.

Good luck… and don’t feel dumb, it happens to the best of us when learning how to brew at home!

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