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15 Sep
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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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15 Jul
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Home Brewing: Lost Stopper In Carboy, Stopper Fell into Secondary Fermenter

So today was the day that I transferred my home brew from the primary fermenting bucket, to the secondary fermenting glass carboy.  All was going well, I got the beer all transferred nicely to the carboy.  Had the stopper and airlock soaking in some sanitizing solution.  Then came time to put the stopper on the glass carboy.

I grabbed the stopper out of the sanitizing solution, and tried to put in on the top of the carboy while it was still wet.  Thinking that I would be able to get a tighter seal and push it down a little further.  Because when the stopper and the carboy were completely dry I tried to squeeze the stopper into place, but it would just keep popping back out.

So I started to push the wet stopper on the the carboy with very little force, and the darn thing shot right through the opening, into the carboy and sank to the bottom of the beer.

I didn’t have a second stopper, and I didn’t want to let more air get to the beer (oxidizing it).  So I just took my 3-piece stopper and some electrical tape, and taped that to the top of the carboy nice and tight to make sure that no air would be able to get in.  I know this isn’t the ideal way to do it, but I didn’t want to loose a whole batch of beer just because the rubber stopper fell in.  After all, I’m just Trying to Get By! 😉

Lesson learned – Dry off the top of the carboy and stopper before trying to put in place!

Does anyone know if this will effect the taste of the beer at all?  Or will be harmful to drink after a week or 2 in the carboy with the rubber stopper sitting in it?

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14 May
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Home Brewing: Beer Not Carbonated Enough, How to Fix Flat Beer

After two weeks carbonating in the bottles, my second batch of beer was ready to taste!  I opened the first bottle, and poured the beer into a glass. To my surprise, the beer hardly had any carbonation in it, and pretty much no head!  What am I doing wrong. My first batch seemed to be a little under-carbonated as well. They are still drinkable, but it would be nice to get a little more carbonation in my beers.

Both of my first two batches seemed to come out under-carbonated.  I am not sure what I am doing wrong…

After transferring the beer from the fermenter to the bottling bucket, I boil 3/4 cup of dextrose with 2 cups of water for a few minutes. Then I let it cool and add it to the beer in the bottling bucket and stir it all together gently before bottling the beer.  When I fill the beer bottles I am pretty sure that I am leaving the perfect amount of airspace in the bottles (about 1 – 1.5″ of airspace at the top of every bottle.)

Am I doing something wrong in this step?  Do I need more Dextrose than 3/4 cup for a 5 gallon batch of beer? Am I better off just putting a teaspoon of dextrose into each bottle, rather than boiling it with water and adding it to the whole batch?  I heard this could allow bacteria into your beer if you don’t boil it first?

I would love for my beers to have a bit more carbonation, and a nice head on them. Can anyone tell me what might help me get some well carbonated home brewed beers?

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