Set Up

This Foeder is built to last decades. Over the course of time the Foeder may require a repair so it is highly recommended that you leave 18” clearance to give yourself enough space to make those repairs and inspect the Foeder.


Hydration

Thank you for buying the Foeder.  Your Foeder was hydrated with steam, filled with water and held leak free for a minimum of 24 hours.  Upon delivery, the sooner the Foeder can be filled with water the better. If the Foeder sits empty for an extended length of time, the best option is to steam for 24 hours and then fill with cold water for 24 hours.  If you don’t have access to steam, the next option would be to run hot water through the sprayball for a minimum of 8 hours and then fill with cold water. If you don’t have hot water, fill with cold water for 24-48 hours. This should provide a leak free Foeder that is ready to drain and fill with beer.  If you need to leave water in the Foeder for more than a few weeks, we recommend adding citric acid to the water to create a holding solution. During the beginning stages of rehydration please make sure to tap all bands that may have moved prior to the Foeder becoming fully hydrated. During hydration the Foeder will grow 1” in circumference. It is extremely difficult to move bands after the Foeder is hydrated.  If after the Foeder is fully hydrated and you have a leak, email, call or text us and we will come out and take care of it. Our goal is for all of our Foeders to be leak free.


Cleaning Between Batches

Although the majority of our clients use the solera method, some clients do decide to clean their Foeder(s) between batches.  Hot water with citric acid cycled through the sprayball is an excellent method. Some clients choose to steam the Foeder for a day between batches.  Others cycle alcohol through the sprayball, this option is probably the most effective cleaning method.


Maintenance

Foeders should remain vented at all times. Clients have tried to vent through the sprayball which leads to clogging and creating too much pressure and blowing up the Foeders.  They are not designed to hold any pressure. Some clients have sealed the Foeder after they believe the beer is done fermenting causing the over pressurization of the Foeder which has caused leaks. Most clients do put a couple lbs of CO2 pressure on while they are moving beer out of the Foeders, but it should not be pressurized on a permanent basis.