Originally I had planned to do all fermenting in the one gallon jugs I had bought, but realized there wasn't enough excess volume to accommodate the frothy yeast activity. In brewing a one gallon batch of amber ale, I attached a blowout to handle this, and I was glad I did. But I wanted a better solution. Here's what I did:
I got a 6-8 quart capacity clear plastic container from a local restaurant supply store. I need two holes drilled. A one inch hole near the base to install a spigot, and a 5/8 inch hole in the lid to attach an airlock.
|Drill a small starter hole near the bottom.|
My concern with drilling the hard plastic container is that the action of the drill will cause the container to crack. To avoid this, I taped the area I planned to drill.
|Medium pace with a 1 in. drill bit.|
I made a small starter hole, and then went to work with the one inch drill bit.
|Ready for a spigot!|
I made sure not to drill too fast in an effort to minimize the risk of cracking, and had no trouble drilling through.
|It holds water, but will it hold beer?|
I attached the spigot. No leaks!
|The 5/8 in. hole fits a #2 bung.|
Next came the 5/8 inch hole in the lid. This was easier, since the lid was a soft plastic. The tape here was unnecessary.
Hooray! I've completed my first home brewing DIY project.
Next up: A one gallon batch of an English nut brown. Yum!