Cork Lining for Stainless Steel Spigot
If your USA Handmade Stoneware vessel is from 2019 or earlier, you may need to replace your cork lining. If you are unsure if the cork lining is right for your vessel, feel free to email us first to confirm prior to ordering).
Installing the New Cork
Prior to starting a new brew, it’s important to check the spigot for leaks.
- Remove all liquid & cultures from the vessel (if you have brewed already). Store them in another vessel or bowl(s) with a cloth cover.
- Remove the spigot from the vessel and unscrew or cut the original cork lining from the spigot stem.
- Place the wider end of the new cork lining against the end of the spigot stem and gently screw it on (for the wood spigot, just slide it on). The wider end of the cork will be up against the spigot tap (the smaller end will go into the vessel).
- Once the new lining is installed, re-insert the spigot as snugly as it will go.
***NOTE: Do not force or over-tighten as breaking or cracking can occur. In order to ensure that the cork will seal the spigot hole, the corks were drilled very snugly in order to ensure no leaks, and it may take some effort to screw them in completely but they definitely will fit. Try your best to keep the cork aligned with the spigot as you twist the cork onto the spigot. Misaligned insertion can lead to the cork breaking.
If you have already brewed Kombucha, add the cultures and liquid back to the vessel right away. The spigot may leak a little during the first 24 hours, but the already fermented brew will provide good protection against mold.
If you have not brewed yet, follow the standard instructions by filling the crock with tap water & ¼ cup of distilled vinegar until it covers the top of the spigot completely. Some water may begin leaking out of the sides of the cork. Let the crock sit several hours to overnight until the cork is sealed well. Then follow the CB recipe for your first batch.
Cleaning the Spigot
Sometimes yeast or bits of SCOBY may collect inside the spigot and clog up the flow. This is perfectly normal but can be frustrating. Rather than having to take the whole assembly apart every time this happens, simply dislodge them with the FREE spigot brush included with every KKamp spigot. If you did not order a spigot from Kombucha Kamp, you can try using a toothpick or something similar to dislodge the blockage.
When it is truly time to clean the spigot, or if it proves too difficult to remove a blockage, simply take the spigot apart and run under clean, hot water which should flush the items. When unattached, it may also be easier to pick out any remaining yeast or SCOBY. If the brew molded, however, it is advised to use soap, or in extreme cases even bleach, to remove any residue prior to restarting the Kombucha brew in the same vessel.