Handmade Gallon and Half-Gallon Jar Split Fermentation Weight
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This split fermentation weight is for jars with a diameter of 4.75 to 5.125 inches at the bottom. This weight holds the vegetables down so the brine can rise to the surface. Each weight is made on a potter's wheel where the clay is compressed and equally distributed. As with most handmade items, the circles aren't perfectly round, halves may not be perfectly symmetrical, and each weight will vary slightly from one other. Food-safe glaze covers half of each weight. If you have a certain color preference, let me know and I will include it if I have it in-stock.
My gallon and half-gallon jars may be a slightly different size than yours so please measure your jar before placing the order.
Cleaning: Clay is porous so there is potential for bacteria to get into the unglazed portion of the weight. Some choose to keep the unglazed portion of the weight above the brine so it doesn't touch the ferment. To minimize the porosity, all of the exposed clay is rubbed down at three different stages during the production process to give it a smoothe finish. Each weight is then fired 1800 degrees F and again at 2200 degrees F. While many fermenters like to carry the good bacterial microbes from one batch of ferments to the next, the weights can be cleaned with your other fermentation supplies. I do not recommend using the dishwasher. Normal warm water and dishsoap should be adequate. Some folks prefer to boil their fermentation supplies in equal parts water and vinegar for a few minutes.
Colors: light blue, cobalt blue, butter yellow, speckled cream, white
Approximate Dimensions: 4.75 to 5.125 inches wide and .75 inches tall
Approximately Weight: 1 pound
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