Question which method

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  1. Karla

    Karla Active Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Wanting to ferment in jars. I have seen the tubes coming out of the lid or lids that are flat but allow gases to escape. Any suggestions as to which works best?
     
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    Tubes as it makes an airlock which stops bacteria coming in.. and allows gasses to ‘burp’ out.
     
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    Here's a blog post covering all the different types of airlock lids that you can get for fermenting in jars. It also goes on to talk about what else you might need to take into consideration for making certain things like sauerkraut.

    https://www.makesauerkraut.com/fermentation-lids/
     
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    Thank you ladies. I really appreciate it.
     
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    some one also recently suggested to me that in a pinch you could stretch a balloon over the mouth of the jar (would that work?) and the balloon would inflate with the gases, reminding you by being very obvious in the window in case you were in the habit of forgetting :)
     
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    One way to find out. Try it and let us know. I would think you would have to use a large balloon.
     
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    I think I will because I would be one to forget to 'burp' the jars of fermenting products. I do have to purchase some balloons and also grow the produce to preserve, so don't hold your breath for a response :)
     
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    I've made apple cider successfully in the 2l bottle it came in using the balloon method. Well worth a try I say.
     
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    You can always use purchased produce or even fruits. I do use organic but if not available wash them with some baking soda and go for it. Youtube has some great videos on it. I have used the lose lid, flat seals with air release and the pipette types. Like them all but the lose lid. I make messes with those. But to save money the ballon might work or how about latex gloves. When the fingers rise, burp.
     
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    ha, I never thought about washing the produce!! Even our local "farmers" markets here sell (in my opinion) questionable produce, gloves would be equally as funny, having an inflated balloon in the window or a hand :) I will try them both just to see how they look. :)
     
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    did the balloon fully inflate Josh? did you just slip it off the bottle lip quickly to let the gases escape? did you put it back on or switch to a fitted lid?
     
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    It fully inflated, I put a pin prick in it to keep it from blowing off. Excess vented through the pin prick. When it was done, it was decanted into flip top bottles and primed with dextrose.
     
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    oh, excellent idea making a pin prick, never would have thought of that!!
     
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    Both.

    I bought the Masontops complete fermentation kit and it comes with the pickle pipes. They are great and less fuss. You pop it on and leave it alone.
     
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