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Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm having problems with my bung hole

I'm having problems with my bung hole...
I figured this post title would get your attention, but really, I had some trouble with my bung hole today... Has this ever happened to you?

Note the Daddy's guide to be useful during pregnancy used to tilt the primary...
Fnally a good use for that book...


There I was, minding my own business, nearly done racking my Franken-beer (Oktoberfest inspired Ale, turned Altbier) to my newly purchased secondary, and then it happened. I was pushing the bung that came with the 5 gallon carboy into the opening, and then pop! Before you know it, the bug is plummeting to it's untimely death in the murky depths of the carboy. Either I don't know my own strength, or I'm having some difficulties with my bung hole. OK, sorry, I just couldn't resist saying that one more time...

I had no choice, I quickly plopped the better bung (this one has that lip on top) from my primary into the sanitizer filled bucket I had standing by, and used it to cap off the secondary.

So, what's your take on all of this?
  • Has this ever happened to you before?
  • Will I ever be able to get the other bung out of the carboy? And if so how?
  • Will this debacle destroy my beer, leaving a rubbery, bung hole flavor to the brew?
  • Would leaving the bung in there kill future brews?
  • Will the drama surrounding this batch ever end?

5 comments:

  1. Wow. That's an issue. That's never happened to us before. Not sure you are going to get that out of your carboy.

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  2. This is so typical "me" if it can go wrong it will go wrong, Murphy's law has nothing on Bryon's law...

    But I did some searching and found this thread on beer advocate, regarding problems other folks have had with their "bung holes", apparently it's not as odd, nor is it as big a deal as I thought...

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  3. I haven't had it happen to me yet. But I have noticed a difference in the size of the bung hole on different carboys.

    A trick that works to get a cork out of a wine bottle is putting a plastic bag in there and getting the stopper near the mouth of the bottle, blowing up the plastic bag and pulling the bag out with the stopper.

    Here is a link to a video about it

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  4. Andy, I saw something similar and tried to emulate it. I couldn't get that trick to work in the carboy.

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  5. plastic grocery bag worked for me, but only after I greased the bung and bottle opening with vegetable oil. Shove the whole bag, except one of the handles into the carboy. Using a coat hanger, butter knife, or similar tool, hold the bag to one side and get the bung near the neck of the bottle (small side first seems best), then use your tool and some jiggling to get a piece of the bag close enough to the neck to pull it through. Doesn't really need to be the second handle, as long as the bag goes around the bung. First time I did it without the oil and the bag just stretched and ripped, after adding the oil it came right out with barely a tug.

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