I was going to make a go of making a batch of Kilju, so I started doing research, watching videos on youtube and reading blogs. I figure the first couple of batches will be experimental until I figure this shit out. I got a few ideas from DarkLordDiggler, I like doing things on the cheap. Hobbies!
I previously purchased a Home Brew with air-lock, it makes 1 gallon and is fairly straightforward.
I used (6) Cups of Sugar, (2) cans grape juice concentrate, (1/4 lb) fresh grapes, (1/4) tsp Brewer's yeast, topped off with distilled water.
I wanted to take it a bit further, so I decided to make my own gear.
What I picked up :
Making the Apparatus:
For the 2.5 Gallon Glass Jug with Aluminum Lid, I kept it pretty simple. I punched a hole in the lid, used one of the valves and connected the plastic tubing. I used the rubber bands to create a better seal. I'm hoping the gases escape through the tube and don't create a hot-shitty mess to watch over.
For the 2.5 Gallon Plastic Jug, I removed the spout and retained the cap and rubber seal. I used one of the Bottle Pourers and connected plastic tubing. I used a balloon and rubber band to create a better seal.
For the (3) 5 Gallon Plastic Jugs, I bought (3) small plastic bottles from the craft store, cut the tops off to use for lids. Balloons will be used to create a seal, rubber bands will be added to ensure there's no drippage.
I'm saving the remaining (2) 5 Gallong jugs for the Lavlin Yeast to see how much of a difference it makes. Many youtubers claim that you don't really need it and you can use the Brewer's but some claim that it does alter the taste a bit.
I'll update the blog periodically and let you know how it comes out. I'm holding out for the Lavlin to make a jug of Kilju, and for my hydrometer to come in. I'm not entirely sure how do a gravity test otherwise or if it's even necessary. I'll post photos in the comment body as I go.
If you have any advice, insights, or see me fucking this shit up, feel free to post up!
Update 2/15/16: After 48 hours, the fermentation process is underway. The C02 is escaping nicely through the tubes and it's bubbling along.
It's too cold in my garage, so I have the bottles in the Laundry Room to keep it in a 70* temperature.